Hague Adoption Dossier

"Read Me First Introduction"

General Introduction – Paperwork 

Make sure to use your LEGAL name on all adoption related documents. No nicknames or middle names. Names should be as they appear on your passport. 

You will need to have 2 original sets of the Dossier.  So, almost every document, you will do in 2 sets, except FBI and Medicals.

You need to collect all documents before you send them to us.  Don’t send us document one by one. Keep everything together. 

Go ahead and order 4 certified copies of your birth certificates and your marriage certificate.  You’ll need 4 of each for the entire adoption.  As you advance through the process, you’ll see how they will be distributed.  

So, you would get: 

  • 4 Certified Birth Certificates for the adoptive mom
  • 4 Certified Birth Certificates for the adoptive dad
  • and 4 Certified Marriage Certificates.  

Order these from your state/county.  They’re referred to as “certified originals”. 

You’re pursuing the paperwork at your own pace.  We’re here to help you, so ask us questions. 

Certifying Documents – APOSTILLE

All of the documents will have to be certified by getting a certification that is called an Apostille.

An Apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the 1961 Hague Convention.  Poland, Bulgaria and the US are such a countries.  To read about the Hague Convention and how it applies to adoption, click here.

Obtaining an Apostille 

The Majority of documents will be sent to your “home state” for Apostille.

In some of the videos you’ll see, when I say “Home State”, I mean your current state of residence.

I have color coded things to make it easier on you.

And lastly.. 

The information in this document/link telling you how to compile your dossier, including all videos and tutorials, on our domain is for your use only.  Not to be shared elsewhere.

Please check in with us to tell us how things are going.

We’re here for you, so ask us questions.

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