What is an apostille?

Nearly every document that you must gather for your international adoption (unless your document originates in Colombia -- such as a birth certificate of a Colombian native) must be certified for use in Colombia according to the Hague Convention. The apostille attests to the validity of a notary signature on the original document. This allows Colombia to accept the validity of the document for use in the adoption and court process.

Apostilles must be obtained from the Secretary of State in the State -- or country where the document originates. For example, if I live in California, but I was born in Texas, my Texas birth certificate must be apostilled by the Secretary of State in Texas. However, it is likely that my financial statements provided by my employer will need to be apostilled in California.


Anonymous said…
Why aren't abandon children up for adoption?

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