An adoption dossier is a collection of required documents that must be submitted to the adopting country's authorities in order for the adoption to be processed. The dossier typically includes the prospective adoptive parents' birth certificates, marriage certificate, criminal background checks, financial statements, letters of reference, and health reports. An apostille is a certificate that verifies the authenticity of a public document.
An adoption dossier must be apostilled when it is used in connection with an international adoption. The Hague Convention on the Intercountry Adoption of Children requires all documents in the dossier to be apostilled or legalized in order for the adoption to be completed. An Apostille is obtained from the Secretary of State. .
In order to get an apostille for an adoption dossier, an individual must submit the dossier to the state department of social services. The dossier must be accompanied by a cover letter, which must be notarized. The cover letter must include the name and address of the adopting parents, the name of the child being adopted, the country of origin of the child, and the reason for the apostille.
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