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Sunday, August 20, 2006
Stef was jamming on our dossier this week and was able to get everything done. So yesterday we went to see an adoption notary. Actually just a notary but some folks are very nice and do notary services for people like us going through an adoption for a discounted rate or even for free. Which is what our person did. ?

She is actually an adoptive parent herself, we saw her beautiful daughter who is now six years old, of course being six she was wearing a Cinderella dress when we arrived (Stef, by the way, is going to be very impressed that I knew which princess dress she was wearing since she did not mention it was Cinderella).

Anyway, we got all our documents done for our dossier and I will be traveling up to Sacramento this week to get them apostilled. This is a special certification that is used for documents for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention. Very official and because the State of California is basically a pack of thieves, very expensive.

This notary that we went to see is very active in FRUA and had actually tried to enact a law that would lessen the price adoptive parents pay for the excessively high price of the apostille service in California. However, a state assemblyman, Fabian Nunez, killed it because he didn't want to lose out of the $500,000 the state gets from adoptive parents having to pay these fees.

If you live in California, I suggest writing or emailing him and tell him what a jerk he is. Or at least try to get it through his thick skull that rather than have the money go into the pockets of the state government, wouldn't it be better to have the money spent on the children.

Email Fabian Nunez
posted by Steveg @ 4:20 PM  
  • At 8:20 PM, Blogger Jenni said…

    Speaking from experience, the apostille fees in California are horribly expensive! We spent over $3000 on apostilles alone. This was because we were adopting two kids at once, but still... that's a lot of money! Luckily, we had a notary do our dossier for free too, so that helped to cut costs. One plus is that the people at the apostille office in Sacramento are extremely nice and helpful. Best of luck with your dossier!

  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger mother said…

    Congrats that you are moving so fast. After hearing about the extremely high fees the state charges for the apostill I will email that Nunez guy. Stefanie said Ariz only charges $3 which sounds reasonable.
    Love ya, Mother

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Suz said…

    Another step forward! Yay for you and Stef and extra yay's for you on "name that princess!"

  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    Thanks for the info. Will have to write since we live in San Diego.

  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger DandCMac said…

    I just got back from Austin, TX to get all our documents apostilled. Texas has a special office just for adoptions and charges only $10 per document BUT max the charges out at $100. We hit our max within the first 5 minutes.

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