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Prospective and Adoptive Parents

Intercountry Adoption

Compiling Documents

You will need to compile a variety of documents for the home study and the document dossier for the foreign court. The required documents usually include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Birth certificates of both prospective adoptive parents

  • Marriage license, and, if applicable, divorce decrees or death certificates from previous marriages

  • A letter from a physician confirming the prospective parents' good health

  • Financial statements, including tax returns, statements of assets and liabilities, and letters from your bank describing your accounts

  • Letters from your employer(s) confirming position, salary, and length of employment

  • Letters of recommendation from friends and associates

  • Police records

  • Child abuse clearance

  • Psychological evaluations.

Most agencies ask that you have these documents signed and notarized and provide multiple copies. In addition, some countries will require authenticated translations of the documents.

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