Paperwork details

So, some want to know – what exactly is all this paperwork? Well… here is a list of SOME of it:


Power of Attorney – so that our agency can move faster for us if needed
Dossier Affidavit – Table of contents for all paperwork stating it is the original
Obligation of Follow-up Report: promise to send reports on the child to Ethiopia
 Financial Statement – our financial situation
Birth Certificates – certified copies
Marriage Certificate – certified copy
Police Clearances – from the sheriff’s department, can only be obtained in-person
Insurance Certificate – showing that we have insurance and so will our child
Two Personal Letters of Recommendation
One Employer Reference Letter
Attestation of Personal Conditions – a letter of who we are and our understanding of adoption
Health Certificates – from our doctors following blood tests
Declaration of Willingness – again stating that we want to adopt
Application of Adoptive Parents – asking permission from Ethiopian government to adopt

LIke I said… this is SOME of the paperwork. This doesn’t include the home study paperwork and its 12 hours of adoption training and homework.
It also does not included the USCIS paperwork which is more forms and copies proving who we are. 
Its a lot of work, but honestly, the world would be a better place if everyone had to work this hard to have a baby.



  1. I just found your blog and wanted to wish you all the best with the paperwork…congrats on being well on your way! Before you know it he/she will be home in your arms!

    take care, Julie

  2. I have followed your mom's blog for years and recently your sisters. My daughter adopted around 5 years ago from Ethopia. Her blog is Raising Lucy. Lucy is our center, our love and she has gave us so much.
    Congratulations to you and your family

  3. I saw on your Mom's blog about your journey. Congratulations! The paperwork is daunting, but just like childbirth, you forget it as soon as that new little person is in your arms! My daughter and son-in-law have adoped twice from South Korea. I am truly blessed to the the Grandma to both of these sweethearts!

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