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Adoption Dossier

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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Adoption Dossier Apostille FAQ

Adoption Dossier Apostille
Adoption Dossier Apostille

What is an adoption dossier?

An adoption dossier is essentially a collection of the documentation you will need to complete your international adoption. The authorities involved in your adoption will be able to confirm that you have followed to their requirements and are ready to adopt based on the information you supply in these documents.

How to get an adoption dossier?

In order to get an adoption dossier you better keep a spreadsheet listing which documents are required and where they need to be validated. Families may wish to prioritize these documents first since they may take longer to collect or authenticate. Another suggestion is to combine paperwork from each state. Families can have birth records from one state, marriage records from another, and letters of recommendation and employment from yet another. Keep track of which document comes from where as each one will need to be validated. Sending all of the documents in for apostilling at once makes authenticating easy.

What documents are required to get an adoption dossier apostille?

In order to get an adoption dossier apostille you must provide the following documents:

  • Formal Letter to Central Adoption Authority
  • Home Study
  • Birth Certificate(s)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree
  • Proof of Residency
  • Physical Exam(s)/Medical Form(s)
  • Employment Letter(s)
  • Financial Statement
  • IRS 1040 Tax Statement
  • Local Police Clearance(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Undertaking by a Relative
  • Passport Copies
  • USCIS Approva

Additional documents can be required if you have other children residing in the house. For full information you are free to call us. With us, your documents will be correctly processed and apostilled.

Should I notarize an adoption dossier?

Yes. An adoption dossier must be notarized. If required, notarized documents must be signed by both parties before Notary Public. Banks, municipal halls, UPS, and home study agencies all have notaries on staff. The paper will be signed by the notary public, who will also stamp it with the words "Subscribed and swore to me in ____ County, this _ day of _____, 20 ." It is crucial to request that the commission of the Notary Public to be good for at least a year in the future. When the document is finally accepted by the foreign central adoption authority, it will still be "under warranty" thanks to this.

What if the country I am adopting from is not a part of the Hague Apostille Convention?

An apostille on international adoption documents can only be issued for use in the countries-members of the Hague Apostille Convention. If you are adopting from a country that is not a member of the Hague Apostille Treaty, you will need to request adoption documents legalization - a special authentication through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and legalization through the Embassy / Consulate office.

Why do I need to apostille an adoption dossier?

There are a few procedures you must initially go through if you want to adopt a kid from outside the country in which you now reside. Of course, the adoption process must first be completed in order to discover more about the child you choose to adopt and the circumstances in which he or she presently lives. With this, further crucial data will be acquired, including the child's birthdate, any dietary allergies or conditions, any conditions related to medications, and current health status. Once this has been completed, you will need to obtain an Apostille (a French word meaning certification) for all of your important documents needed in your adoption dossier to adopt a baby from overseas.

How to apostille an adoption dossier in California?

The California Secretary of State provides an Apostille to authenticate California public officials' signatures on adoption dossier documents to be used outside the United States of America. You can also apply for an apostille online on our website:

  • Send us your request online and receive a quote from a specialist the same day
  • Send us your documents
  • Once completed, your apostilled documents will be mailed to you via FedEx or DHL and will arrive at your doorstep
How does it work?

Apply online

Send us your request online and receive a quote from a specialist the same day. We will also review a scan of your documents for any errors and let you know ASAP if additional steps are required.

Send us your documents

No need to make an appointment or go to a physical location. Just mail us your documents through a secure tracked shipping service (FedEx, DHL, or UPS).
In some cases we may not even need the physical copy!

Receive your documents

Once completed, your Apostilled documents will be mailed to you via FedEx or DHL and will arrive at your doorstep.

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