An adoption dossier is a file or set of files containing prospective adoptive parents' background information, as well as proof that they meet the legal requirements to adopt a child. The dossier is used by adoption agencies and officials to determine whether the prospective parents are suitable to adopt. An apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a document for international use.
If the dossier will be used in another country, it must be apostilled. To get an Apostille in North Dakota, you must first contact the North Dakota Secretary of State's office to make sure they will Apostille your document. If they will Apostille your document, you must then send your document, along with a cover letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the North Dakota Secretary of State's office. .
In order to get an apostille for an adoption dossier in North Dakota, you will need to go through the Division of Vital Records, which is a part of the North Dakota Department of Health.
The first step is to send a written request to the Division of Vital Records. The request must include the reason for needing the dossier, and it must be accompanied by a certified copy of the dossier, as well as a copy of the court order that granted the adoption. There is a $25.00 fee for this service.
The second step is to go to the office of the North Dakota Attorney General and obtain an Apostille Authentication Certificate. This certificate must be attached to the back of the adoption dossier.
The third and final step is to send the Apostille Authentication Certificate, along with the adoption dossier and court order, to the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
The entire process can take several weeks to complete.
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