of Services / Qualifications / Fee
an adoptive parent and a highly organized professional, my commitment
to each client is to give their dossier the care and timely attention
I gave my own (our social worker still comments on the swiftness
and completeness with which I compiled our dossiers). I promise
to complete each task as quickly as the numerous bureaucracies allow,
and to see that incoming documents leave my desk within 24 hours.
documents such as birth and marriage certificates;
county notarizations, state certifications and apostille;
authentication from country embassies and consulates;
with, "coaching", and supporting prospective adoptive
parents throughout the homestudy process, United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements and
the dossier preparation;
the FBI and adoption/homestudy agencies when necessary;
all your documents for consistency and completeness;
the notarized, certificated, authenticated dossier.
do everything a "third party" can do to complete the dossier,
as well as provide advice on the homestudy and USCIS requirements.
I "coach" you through the preparation of each document,
and on those tasks only the client can complete. I accept notarized
documents one at a time, or all documents when they are ready for
county notarization (if applicable), state certification/apostille,
and/or country authentication.
clients living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I provide traveling
notary services to physician's offices, employers, etc. (Please
see Notary Services for details. Signature
fees are waived but travel fees may apply.) I use overnight delivery services and personally transport
documents when possible. My job is complete only when the entire
dossier is ready for agency review and translation.
an epidemiological research consultant to the California Department
of Health Services, I have worked with Health Departments throughout
the United States. This experience lends itself to the task of obtaining
necessary documents from vital records departments and navigating
the notarization and certification procedures nationwide. I am experienced
working with confidential and time sensitive materials. I am
a former health educator and credentialed teacher. My current "bosses" are Alexandra and Georgia, both in elementary school.
have compiled dossiers for US Citizens living in Japan, China, Hong
Kong, United Arab Emirates, The Marshall Islands, Azerbaijan and Kenya. While most of my dossier
preparation is for adoptions from China, I have also completed dossiers
for adoptions from Vietnam, Guatemala, Republic of Georgia, Russia,
Cambodia, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
my most compelling qualification is that of an adoptive parent.
Not only am I intimately familiar with the technical aspects of
international adoption dossier preparation, but I can also empathize
with the vulnerabilities, hopes, fears and joys that are a part
of the journey toward "forever family." Together, my professional
skills and personal experience combine to make me a good choice
for expediting the dossier process.
of entire dossier that requires contact with 1 or 2 states:
** for 2-parent families
$350.00* ** for single
additional state: $ 50.00
not include government or embassy/consulate fees, delivery/courier
service fees, traveling notary service
fees, and/or duplication/collation costs.
of dossier (i.e. obtaining a birth or marriage certificate, completing
state certification, country authentication, etc.) can be completed
adoptive parents living overseas while compiling the dossier
will be charged an additional $100 due to the complications arising
from using US Embassies and Consulates with USCIS offices and the
extra time needed to communicate via email.
adoptive parents who change countries of adoption and/or agencies
during the dossier compilation process will be charged an additional