Child Abuse Clearances

How To Apostille Child Abuse Clearances 

The Child Abuse Clearances will be done with the assistant of your social worker.  The social worker will ask you where all you’ve lived since your 18th birthday.  Afterwards, she will contact each individual state, or foreign country’s, child abuse registry in order to obtain proof that you don’t have a record.  The social worker will input the findings of each clearance, for each of you in the home study.  Afterwards, he/she will not give you the physical records issued by each state (or foreign country) so that you can authenticate them by getting an apostille. 

How to Apostille Child Abuse Clearances – Step by Step: 


Step 1:  Make 2 photocopies of each child abuse clearance.  

Step 2:  Put the original away at a a safe place.  You’re done with it. 

Step 3:  Take the 2 copies, and on the back of each, place the AFFIDAVIT followed by the NOTARY OATH. 

Step 4:  Send to Secretary of State for Apostille.  Address and fees linked on previous page for your conveninece.

If you have any questions in regards to How to Apostille Child Abuse Clearances, please call me directly.  

How to Use the Affidavit and Notary Oath? 

After you’ve made copies of each child abuse clearance, copy and paste the affidavit and notary oath on the back of each.  Describe the document as “child absuse clearance”.  Have a notary notarize your signature.  Send for apostille.

Warning:  Double check that the notary oath is acceptable in your state or local requirements. Notary should know. 



This is a true, complete and accurate copy of the ____Describe Here: For Example: CA Child Abuse Clearance


Printed Name Here (singed above)


State of_________________________


I, ____________________________________________________

A Notary Public for said County and State, do hereby certify that


Personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal, this  ____day of month__ year_________.


……………………                         __________________________________________

(Official seal)                                  Signature of Notary Public

My Commission Expires: day_______, month_______, year__________.

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