The road to adoption can be a lengthy one and even befuddling. It is crucial to understand which documents are needed and how to obtain them. An Adoption Dossier will be needed for families interested in adoption from abroad. However, families must first go through the home study procedure before they may start working on a dossier. Obtaining papers, letters, references, and certificates is a step in the home study procedure.
Families must also request authorization from USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) in order to bring an orphan to the country. Families interested in international adoption will be welcomed by their agency into the country program of their choice when the home study has been approved. The preparation of the dossier follows.
A dossier is a group of documents that are country-specific and are used to describe the prospective adoptive family. An adoption dossier contains information about a family's financial situation, medical history, and employment history. Depending on the nation an adoptive family chooses, a dossier typically contains between 15 and 20 documents. The fact that dossier documents need to be notarized, verified, and apostilled sets them apart from home studies.
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