An adoption dossier is a collection of documents and information that is used to support an adoption application. The dossier can include the adoptee's birth certificate, medical records, and other identifying information. An apostille is a document that authenticates the seal and signature of a public official on a document.
Apostille authentication is required for foreign use of documents issued in the United States. Authentication is the official confirmation that a document is genuine. Once a document has been apostilled, it is then valid for use in any of the Hague Convention countries. Apostille authentication is often required for overseas adoptions. Contact the County Clerk where your document was originally issued for apostille service. An apostille can be placed on documents originating from:
The fifty states including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
The US District Court
The US Court of Appeals
The US Bankruptcy Court
Certain territory including Guam and American Samoa
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
What is the process?
First, verify that the document is eligible for an apostille. Be sure to determine where the document was issued. For example, if you have a birth certificate from Los Angeles, it is issued by the state of California and not by the city of Los Angeles. The originator (person who signed the document) and document must be verified before an apostille login can be issued. It is also recommended to verify any requirements specifically requested by the receiving country. Some countries have additional requirements or will specify a certain method of transmitting documents. Note that many countries will only accept documents issued in English so it might be required to have your document translated successfully before it can be Apostilled. Usually countries will recognize documents from any other state or territory in America that has an apostille. It is recommended to check if a foreign country recognizes your state’s apostille.
In order to get an apostille for an adoption dossier, the dossier must be authenticated by the Michigan Secretary of State. Then, it must be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State. Finally, it must be authenticated by the country of origin.
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