The documents must be processed through the listed steps within the states where they originated. (Don's employment letter originated in Texas; therefore, it had to be notarized by a Texas notary, certified by the Texas Secretary of State and consularized by the Houston Chinese Consulate even though we live and work in another state.)
Make sure the notaries are using "good stamps" which the secretary of state will approve.
(We had to re-do three documents when the notaries were using "unapproved" stamps! Your Secretary of State will be able to tell you what they deem acceptable. It differs by state.)
This page was last updated on: March 6, 2007
The Paperchase consists of several months of document gathering. The documents included in our dossier are: birth certificates, marriage license, employment/salary verifications, an approved home study, medical exams verifying our health, local police letters indicating whether or not we have had any brushes with the law, statement of assets/debt and a "Letter To China" explaining why we want to adopt a child from China.
All of these documents are notarized (local notary), certified (by the Secretary of State) and consularized (by the Chinese Consulate)--only then can they become the all important "dossier".