Am I back in school? I have miscellaneous papers strewn about the house. I am eating junk food. I am crabby.
I have a love/hate relationship with deadlines. Love that the agony will be over. Hate that I have A LOT of things to do before a set date.
Procrastination must come to an end and for that reason I am not posting much substance tonight.
Rather I leave you with my to do list for Friday – the dossier checklist.
DOSSIER ASSEMBLY DIRECTIONS & CHECKLIST:
Below is a total checklist of documents needed for your dossier as well additional documents and fees needed by us for the process. Please take time to review the FAQ’s on the previous two pages.
Documents that require notarization and state certification are noted using the key in the box below. Send your complete dossier to CHSFS (please do not send it in separate pieces); we review it and add the agency documents then forward it for authentication by the Ethiopian Embassy & Department of State. Send one original set and one copied set (no need to staple the documents in the copied set). Please see full list below to double-check you are sending in everything together.
Notes to decipher some of the coding below….
N: notarized C: certified CHSFS: Children’s Home Society & Family Services
Dossier Family Profile Summary form – complete blank fields
Letter to Embassy of Ethiopia (This document completed by CHSFS)
Cover letter checklist signed by Program Specialist (N,C – This document completed by CHSFS)
A short type-written statement from parents addressed to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs stating why you are interested in adopting from Ethiopia; please date and have each adoptive parent sign (N)
2 passport size photos of each parent (= 4 photos total)
Home Study Report (with Home Study Update, if applicable) (N,C)
Agency licenses (one from Home Study agency if different from CHSFS, CHSFS will add its own) (N)
Powers of Attorney – 1st set of 2 originals — 1 of each version (N each,C set)
Powers of Attorney – 2nd set of 2 originals — 1 of each version (N each,C set)
Certified Birth Certificate of each parent (issued as a “certified copy” with raised seal, no notarization needed)
Certified Marriage Certificate and Divorce Decrees (if applicable) (issued as a “certified copy” with raised seal, no notarization needed) If divorced, no need to include the marriage certificate of your previous marriage.
2 Letters of Recommendation (New and separate from what you’ve previously submitted for other requirements; must be dated, addressed to To Whom It May Concern, and signed) (N)
Police clearance for each parent from local law enforcement agency (N)
Medical certificates from Physician – one for each parent; use template here, copy on clinic’s letterhead first (N)
Employers’ Letter (include list of benefits and Life Insurance coverage in letter) (N)
Most recent Income Tax 1040 (1st 2 pages) (N)
Attestation and Declaration of Personal Condition (N)
Bank Letter (N)
Sponsorship and Undertaking from Adoption Agency (N – this document completed by CHSFS)
Certificate from Foreign Agency re: Post Placement Reports (N – this document completed by CHSFS)
Certificate from Parents re: Post Placement Agreement Reports (N)
OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS & FEES TO SUBMIT
In addition to the above listed documents, one full photocopied set of those documents is required to accompany your dossier; no staples in the photocopies, please. We suggest you make a copy for yourself too.
Ethiopia country fee + visa/medical fee of $*. (See attached payment slip.)
Two money orders made out to the Embassy of Ethiopia (for authentication) each in the amount of $*
Two personal checks to the Department of State (for authentication) each in the amount of $*
One $* personal check to Ato. Negash (for courier service)
For families whose home study was done by outside agency: $* personal check to CHSFS (for certification of our cover letter to your dossier); OR for families whose home study was done by CHSFS: $* personal check to CHSFS (for certification of our cover letter, your home study, and your power of attorney documents); OR
For families who live in WI or IA and whose home study was done by CHSFS: $* personal check to CHSFS (for certification of home study and the cover letter we generate – you certify your POA documents)
Signed Contact Agreement
Signed Referral Disclaimer
Signed Escort Agreement, if you will not travel to Ethiopia
I-171H document from CIS, this is the approval from your I-600A (This can be submitted separately if above items are ready but you are still waiting for this document to be issued.)
* I removed the fee info. The cost is no secret, but I want to avoid internet comparisons.