Home Study Apostilles
How to Apostille Your Home Study?
The Home Study, once completed and approved by USCIS will play a very important part of your Adoption Dossier. This is the most descriptive document of you as candidates for adoption. As you may recall, there are quite a few sections which are more legal in nature. These include FBI clearances, child abuse clearances and others. They speak to your suitability as do sections that describe your preparation for international adoption. However, there are also sections which describe your family life, your individual uprising, your hobbies and your family lifestyle. We believe these sections play a role when the home study is reviewed by the adoption commissions in their attempt to propose a match for your family.
To obtain an apostille for your home study, you will send it your secretary of state for apostille. The home study already comes singed by your home study agency and it is notarized by them. When it is all said and done, you will have 5 copies of your home study.
- 1 Home Study will go to CIS for their approval.
- 1 Home Study will stay for our records in our office.
- 1 Home Study is for your records.
- 2 Home studies you will apostille. First you will appostille these two in your state, and then once you receive them back, you will apostille them in North Carolina, because that is where we are located. As the supervising agency that approves your home study, we stamp our letter of approval to each copy. This letter of approval is singed and notarized by us, and so that signature and notary needs to get the apostille from North Carolina, in addition to the signature and notary that receives an apostille from your state.
So to summarize in steps, this is how to Apostille the Home Study:
Step 1: Once we’ve the final draft, the HS agency will send us 5 originals of the home study.
Step 2: We will attach our “Agency Certification” to each as the supervising agency.
Step 3: We will send 4 originals to you. (We keep 1 for ourselves).
Step 4: You will send 1 original to CIS for their approval.
Step 5: You will send 2 originals to your state for apostille. The address is the same as the other green documents.
Step 6: Then you will send the same 2 originals to NC for apostille.
How to Send My 2 Home Studies to NC for Apostille?
When we mailed you your home studies, there are “yellow sticky notes” on them. One says “to CIS”. That is for CIS and it does NOT need an apotille. Then 2 are makred “To Apostille”. Then on each page where the Secretary of State has to issue the apostille, there is a sticky note to help the Secretary know where we need the apostilles. Please leave those on there as these sticky notes can prevent mistakes.
To send these to NC Secy of State, please see the address and cover letter below as well as the fees NC charges.
Please don’t forget to have a tracking number and to include a pre-paid return envelope.
So, here is How to Apostille the Home Study in North Carolina.
The address and fee for North Carolina to apostille the home study is:
NC Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury St
Raleigh NC 27601-2903
The cover letter that North Carolina uses to process a request to apostille the home study is below for your convenience.
The processing fee is $10.00 per document. HOWEVER, for adoptions only, the fee for a duplicate is $5.00 when requested at the same time. So this means that if you send two identical home studies, which you are doing, the first will be $10 and the second will be $5 for a total of $15 for both. However, you are also apostilling our license (x2) so that would be a total of $30 for all four apostilles: 2 for the “agency certification”; 2 for the license.
Sometimes, things will change from the time we give you the instructions till the time you send the docs in. For example, they may move the physicall location of their office, or change their fee. So, please call them to verify everything before sending. 919-807-2140
To read more about how to get an apostille from North Carolina Secretary of State, you can study the process here.
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