This program is currently not taking new applications due to very high demand.  If you would like advice, self-help assistance, or referrals, please make an appointment with our LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic.

family  matters
a legal clinic to

establish LGBTQ+ legal parental rights

 For LGBTQ+ families living anywhere in Washington

attorney representation  |  no cost for court fees

What is the Family Matters clinic?
The QLaw Foundation Family Matters Clinic is a full-representation legal clinic that helps LGBTQ+ families get legal orders affirming their legal parental relationship to the children they are raising.   "Full representation" means that client families will be assigned an attorney who will work with them from start to finish.
How do I know what kind of legal paperwork my family needs?

You might have done your own research already and have a pretty good idea of what you want.  You might even have gotten a free consultation at one of our LGBTQ+ Legal Clinics!  But if you're not sure, that's okay too - our attorneys can help you figure out what is best for you.

Where can I find an overview of my options?

If you'd like an overview of LGBTQ+ families in Washington and the legal processes available to protect our families, watch our community outreach webinar!  Click the video to the left or open in a new window here.

How long will it take?
Depending on the family's needs, attorneys may work with client families for approximately one month (e.g. confirmation of parentage order) or may work with client families for several months (e.g. de facto parentage, second or third parent adoptions).  Social workers will work with client families for a shorter period, as needed to complete court-required placement reports.  Our program is currently very full, and waits of up to four months for attorney placement are common.

How soon can we start?

If you would like your family to receive legal help through the Family Matters clinic, please complete our registration form (linked on the left side of this page).  You will receive a followup contact with information about the first clinic within two weeks.  Please be sure your contact information on the form is correct.

If you have any questions or issues with registration, please contact us at