An adoption dossier is a collection of documents that proves that an adoptive family is eligible to adopt a child. The dossier includes things like financial records, criminal background checks, and home study reports. An apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Apostilles are typically issued by the Secretary of State.
An apostille is a certification that a document has been signed by a notary public or other official who has been designated by the government to certify documents for use in other countries. Countries that are members of the Hague Convention on Apostilles do not require any additional certification of documents that have been apostilled. The process of getting an Apostille in Atlanta depends on what type of document you are seeking to have authenticated. For most documents, you will need to first obtain a copy of the document from the issuing office, then submit it along with a completed application and the appropriate fees to the Secretary of State's office for authentication. For documents issued by the federal government, you will need to submit your request to the U.S. Department of State. The following documents are typically apostilled: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, Single Status Affidavits, Adoption papers, Power of Attorney, diplomas, transcripts, and background checks.
In order to get an apostille for your adoption dossier, you will need to first contact the Secretary of State's office in the state where the adoption was finalized. The Secretary of State's office will then provide you with a list of requirements that must be met in order for the apostille to be issued. These requirements vary from state to state, but they generally require that the adoptive parents be residents of the state in which the adoption was finalized, that they have been fingerprinted, and that they have provided the Secretary of State with a copy of the final decree of adoption. Once these requirements have been met, the Secretary of State's office will issue the apostille.
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