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Carolina

Girl, Born May 2006

Listed: August 6, 2010
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin.  She has cerebral palsy, and does wear AFO’s on both feet.
From her medical records: Cerebral palsy, convergent squint, mental delay.   She can walk by supporter or holding one hand.  She says separate words, understands simple speech, is affectionate and friendly.   Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this little girl!

Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).

New pic January 2017!  
UPDATE August 2013:
Carolina is a beautiful girl! She is about 4ft tall and about 50lbs. Her CP affects her mostly from the knees down. She does have cytomegalovirus. This was reconfirmed last year, but we were not able to find out if it is active, or if she merely was exposed while her mother was pregnant with her. CMV does cause brain damage if a baby is exposed in utero, so a family needs to be prepared for that, or for the fact that is IS transmissible when it flares. She is very strong and she does make her likes and dislikes known. Her biggest love is candy…but not chocolate! She likes white chocolate a lot though. She likes dolls, and can undress them herself. She has good use of her hands. She gets around by crawling or knee walking, which is great. Knee walking shows her hips are nice and strong. She loves to “dance.” Dancing, to her, is an adult bouncing her up and down for as long as you can stand to do it. She gets quite unhappy when you stop to take a break. The nannies make her walk a bit while holding onto hands, but her legs and feet are just not able to line up with her being so tight. She is very strong. She loves cell phones and will try to snatch them at any opportunity. A toy cell phone that plays music would be nice for her. She speaks, though it is like a toddler. She repeats the same few things over and over, but she does say a couple other words and used them correctly. She understands much more though and the caretakers speak to her in complete sentences. She just loves to move and bounce and be twirled around. She likes BIG movements. She was very briefly startled by my husband, but quickly discovered he could bounce her around longer and higher than I could…and so she quickly preferred him!

Carolina does have some institutional behaviors that a family needs to be prepared for. Her moods change quickly, and when she gets upset, she can throw herself to the floor, even injuring herself. She will hit, pull hair,etc if she is upset. She will throw large toys as well. The caretakers love her, but did express that she would likely not engage or interact with kids bigger than her, and would be likely to assert herself over anyone smaller. That is just how life in these places is. Families without small children would be best for her. An involved, hands-on Papa would be ideal, and a trampoline would be out of this world for her.
*** I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds.
For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant ***

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A Girl for the Whitten family — SC

Tim and Julie Whitten have been married for 17 years and have been blessed with three beautiful children, Mason (12), Molly (8) and Pedro (4). Tim has worked in ministry for several years and most recently works for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as a Hurricane Recovery Director helping families impacted by Hurricane Florence rebuild their homes. Julie has owned a graphic design and promotional company for almost 20 years. Her job provides flexibility to work from home and set her own hours, which allows her the ability to stay home with their children. Through her job, she can also use her artistic talents and creativity. Both Julie and Tim enjoy art, Julie enjoys painting while Tim is an accomplished potter.

The Whitten family has always had a heart for missions. By giving their lives and hearts to God, He has opened their eyes to the needs in the world and helped them move out of their comfort zone. Through this, Pedro was brought into their lives when he was 6 months old, during a mission trip to Haiti. Pedro has significant special needs and the Whittens have repeatedly watched God step into their lives meeting challenge after challenge. Pedro is well loved, enjoys life and the entire family has grown in their faith exponentially.

When the Whittens look into the precious face of Chrissie, and each of the orphaned children, they remember that God tells us not to let the world pollute our thoughts, but to remain focused on God and what He commands us to do, especially to care for orphans and widows. They find strength in the knowledge that Jesus would not be sitting on the couch, but instead be in the orphanage holding those children, His children, who do not have a person to claim them as their own. The Whittens have been blessed with two biological children and claimed one child as their own through adoption. They have experienced first hand the love of God with each child and realize that He lives and loves in the hard times. They welcome and embrace each challenge as it allows them to experience God more.
11/20/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

The girl the Whitten family is adopting has received a $2,000 Grant!

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FELICITY for the Fox family — NC

We are the Fox family from a small town in North Carolina. Craig and I have been married 20 yrs! We have 6 children; Zoe (18), Gabe (16), Eli (14), Lillyanne and Colby (11), and our sweet Kinsley (10) who has been home 1 year from China.

Our adoption journey was a complete shock to us! We had decided what our life would look like but God had other plans! We had met a local family with 2 son’s (C-bio & Z-adopted) with down syndrome when our twins entered kindergarten. Lilly quickly became C’s best friend, helper and protector. Everyday she shared school day stories with me and I relayed C’s day to his mom. Lilly and C were inseparable and our families were becoming great friends. Lilly began talking about adopting a special needs child in kindergarten and we assured her that we would definitely support her when she was much older. Well, the conversation continued for years, her friendship grew stronger, and in fall of 2016 I finally said,” Lilly, if God wants us to adopt, He will place a little girl younger than you, from China with pigtails and pink bows on our front door steps!”

Guess what? My friend who was involved with hosting from Eastern Europe text asking if I had girl clothes! She text me a picture and … a precious girl, younger than Lilly with, yes, pigtails and pink bows! I laughed and announced that God sent us our daughter!

After being home with our sweet God sent daughter, Kinsley, we decided one more precious jewel was in our future! God had placed a sweet little face on my heart that I had watched being advocated for while we were adopting Kinsley. I couldn’t believe no one had started their adoption journey for her and knew God was preparing a way for us to bring her home.

We are so excited about our new journey to bring our precious Jewel home. We look forward to our new adventures as a family of 9!
10/25/2019 — LOA APPROVED

*** Felicity has received a $20,510.66 Waiting Child Grant ***
*** Felicity has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant! ***

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A Child for the Woertman family — NC

We are the Woertman family and we are having so much fun with our children that we decided we needed one more. We are hoping to adopt a little girl with Down Syndrome. We live in the great state of North Carolina. We have 5 adult children, 5 school aged children and four Grandchildren.

Fred just finished up his 25th year of teaching middle school. He is often called the “kid whisperer.” He really understands middle schoolers. Between having kids, Candy taught 13 years, but has now put her teaching career on hold while her kids are little. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant at the elementary school that all five little ones attend.

We are excited to be on this adoption journey one more time. We are also hoping to be matched with the little girl that Candy has had on her heart for almost two years.
11/19/2019 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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LILY for the Scott family — SC

The Scotts are a family of 5 living in South Carolina. With 3 boys at home ages 5, 8, and 10, Dan and Abby always knew that someday they wanted to add a sweet girl into the mix. After joining Reece’s Rainbow’s Facebook group they saw a precious young girl being advocated for and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Through pursuing this adoption they have learned more about what it means to have special needs and how to care for their soon to be daughter who has moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy. What they used to see as a disability they now see as special abilities, she is so able and the special needs community has shown them that different abilities are something to be celebrated! They hope that their adoption will inspire others to step out in faith into the unknown and care for a child that will bring so much joy and open the mind of others to how capable special needs people really are. We hope that you join us on our journey in bringing our precious and wonderful daughter home!
9/6/2019 — AWAITING TRAVEL

Lily has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.
 

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Guest Blogger: Chandres Pickett and Phyllis Stephenson

Family for all Ages
Being Called to Adopt an Older Child
by Chandres Pickett and Phyllis Stephenson
As a society, we typically think of family and children with a vision of newborn babies, soft clothing, and new beginnings. This new journey fills us with hope and wonder for the future of our children. We dream of children experiencing milestones and “firsts” throughout their lives; we see them on their first day of school, graduating, and launching their lives as young adults. We see our child as an opportunity to share part of who we are with our family, friends, and communities that we love. The gift of a newborn baby is an amazing experience with miraculous newness. However, this vision does not have to be limited to just newborns. The gift of adopting an older child brings other amazing experiences with a new, already-defined person who has their own unique personality, interests and experiences.

The story of our forever family has brought us six cherished children, three who were adopted at the ages of 6, 10, and 15. My family’s story is of blessings, joys, and challenges resulting in an incredible circle of love that we proudly call family. 
Chandres and Scott’s Story

Five years ago, my husband and I began one of the greatest journeys of our lives, growing our family from what was a family of five to what is now a family of eight! At the beginning of our first adoption, there was a nervous anticipation about making the “right” decisions and choosing the “right” child for our family. We quickly settled on an international adoption from Bulgaria, but needed to decide if we would register with the country and allow the Ministry of Justice to match us with a child or if we would adopt a Waiting Child. We resolved that if a listing of waiting children was available, we couldn’t personally justify not adopting a child from that waiting list.

Of course, in Bulgaria, adopting a waiting child almost certainly means adopting an older child. In most countries, an older child is over five years old. The decision to adopt an older child was at first intimidating; we heard and read about the importance of maintaining birth order, the trauma older children experience as compared to infants, and the difficulty older children have in bonding with their new families.

During our first adoption, we decided to adopt not one, but two children who were not siblings and were 10 and 6 at the time. We found Viktorya first, and then fell in love with Denny’s picture several months into our adoption process.

Even before traveling to meet our children, Scott and I realized that our adoption would be completed in a little over a year, as compared to other families who could wait upwards of 3-5 years to be matched to a younger child. An additional benefit of that was for my young children at home, aged 8, 6, and 2, for whom the adoption process was mostly an abstract concept. The wait is terribly long for children preparing to welcome new siblings home. Shortening the process helped them remain hopeful and excited that their siblings would come home.

Scott and I spent a week in Bulgaria with our children. Their personalities were evident from the first moment! Viktorya took us for walks in her village and to a playground close to the orphanage. At ten years old, she was a spunky girl who wanted her new Mama and Papa to swing with her every afternoon. She taught us a card game she invented called “I Win.” Not surprisingly, she won every round. She wanted her picture taken with us and then to see each picture. We took her to a photo shop toward the end of the week to print some of the photos to keep. Each day, we felt more resolved in our decision to adopt an older child, especially since the interactions of the week were so rich. Leaving her at the end of the week was one of the most heartbreaking parts of the adoption process.

Denny, who, despite being six years old, was much more like an infant, and wanted only to be held and to hold our hands. His tiny fingers would arch back if we tried to move our hands even for a moment, so much of our days were spent rocking him and encouraging him to play with the toys we had brought with us. On that trip, we visited twice a day for the week, and Denny quickly adapted to our schedule. He was content to head to his nap after the morning visit, but cried each afternoon when we left. To say it crushed our hearts is an understatement! He was – and still is! – a snuggly little guy set on having everyone in our family wrapped around his finger!

Despite the joys of our first trip, my husband and I were nervous about bonding with our children once they were home with us. We knew that early childhood trauma could play a large part in their ability to bond well with our family and, being 10 and 6 years old, they could have experienced considerably more trauma than a younger child. It is important to know that every child available for adoption has experienced some level of trauma and loss and every adopted child will have some effects from trauma. To prepare, we read several books on trauma and the struggles that come as a result, especially The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis and The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.  Connecting with other parents who were in the adoption process or already home with their children was essential, whether those connections were in person or online. We also worked on shedding our expectations that our kids would love us immediately and transition seamlessly into our family.

The second trip to Bulgaria was an opportunity to learn so much more about our newest children. We discovered more about their personalities and about the issues with which they struggle. We had more opportunities to engage with them through play and exploring the streets and history of their city and we had so much fun learning about the foods they like!

On “Gotcha Day,” our favorite memory of the kids was having a pitcher of water poured out across the porch of Viktorya’s orphanage as a blessing for our family. In Bulgaria, this symbolizes wishing success for new beginnings, along with the saying, “May your success flow like water.”  

Still, there were difficult moments, both in country and at home. Following bonding recommendations for a child of any age is challenging. Our first thought wasn’t to hold and rock the ten year old throwing a tantrum, but we did our best to follow this upside-down parenting. Thankfully, we were successful and did connect with each of our children. In truth, those shared experiences that we all remember are some of many our family would never want to be without. We certainly didn’t master this during our time in-country, but we made a head start for real life once we were home.

After our first experience of adopting Viktorya and Denny, our family made the decision to adopt another older child. A decision which was much less intimidating the second time around! Stella was 15 years old. The first videos we saw of her showed a goofy girl whose only goal in life was making everyone laugh!

Our second adoption process was much the same as the first. Because Stella was older, we could spend entire days together on our first trip and go on some fun excursions. One day we explored the fortress in Veliko Tarnovo. The next we spent with several of her friends, playing ping pong and swinging on the swings behind a small shop and restaurant.  Our return trip was the most fun trip of the four, with our two weeks spent on a walking tour of Sofia, Bulgaria, exploring antique shops, visiting the open air market, and simply enjoying the freedom of getting to know our teenager. Stella joined our family two and a half years ago. She confirmed that the decision to adopt an older child was such a blessing and has added so much joy to our family.
 

The Pickett family has shared the journeys of their three adoptions of older children.  As with all families our journeys have challenges and gifts – however it is the journey together that makes the memories.  If your family has a desire to have more children, take a few minutes to evaluate the benefits and challenges of adopting an older youth. Young babies bring the miracle of new life, while also blessing us with sleepless nights, diapers, colic, and the cry of helplessness. Older children bring an amazingly defined person with their own thoughts and perspectives enriching your life and family, while also bringing the challenge of loss and trauma. 

There is a great urgency for us to respond as families to bring older children home. They are closer to adulthood, which is right around the corner, and they need us to enter this phase of life with as much strength and support as possible. There is an urgency to have them experience the security of family and love during their childhood. Each child was once a baby for whom there was only unbridled hope for a life embraced by family, surrounded by love, and a future only limited by their ability to dream. 

Adopting an older child, while challenging, provides the opportunity to impact a future that will happen soon and right before your eyes.  As families wanting to have children full of dreams and experiences, we need not miss this opportunity.  We can evaluate our visions of family and see if we, in fact, have an empty seat for an older youth in our forever home.

The following are some advantages to adopting older youth into your family: 

Their personality is already evident.  From your initial meeting, you start to become familiar with the uniqueness of your child.  
Most of our older youth are equipped to communicate, which is a fantastic experience – though we may not always enjoy the message! However, growing up is messy and we all need the support of a family to help us transition in the journey to adulthood. As an extra gift, you can have a more rapid impact in the lives of these children and have the opportunity to experience young adulthood without the wait! 
They come equipped to share what they have learned in life. During my personal experience with short term placements of older youths in our home, we had a delightful 17-year-old young man. He quickly notified me that I needed to expand my cooking expertise. Upon his first stay with us, he inventoried my spice cabinet and advised that each week I needed to purchase a new spice that I did not know how to use so he could teach me a new recipe, which he did each time he returned for respite.  It was a joy and privilege to watch this young man demonstrate his ability to be a contributing part of our family.  We were blessed as he learned through our home how to equip himself for his, soon to be, independent home.
Older children come rich with experiences that may not only challenge but also enrich our families.  These unique, extra gifts may bring complexity; however, the nurturing environment of a loving family may also give rise to talents, skills, and interests fostering an adult that is amazing, successful, full of life, and life changing for other people in your community.
An unexpected bonus of adopting an older youth… it may greatly enhance your ability to successfully utilize technology! The reality is that many of us cannot keep up with the changes and developments in technology; however, a young person ages 12 to 21 is frequently a technology genius. One of my humorous memories is when one of my sons programmed my phone for a silent ring.  After a few days of struggling to figure out why it would not ring with the volume on maximum, he had mercy on me and showed me what he had done to my phone. There was admiration and irritation, but mostly love.  These experiences bring me smiles and some of my many special memories.
The adoption of an older child provides the opportunity to be a wanted family member.  In the journey of life, is there a greater gift?  In this case, it is a reciprocating gift.  There will be challenging and awesome moments, however it is the loving journey in a committed circle of love that creates a family.

Are you a family ready to welcome an older child home? Your open door is the key that can change the future for a child, enrich your family, and create a legacy for years to come!  Regardless of who is in your family, may you have joy in your journey together!

Visit our Waiting Child page today to see the many older children who are in need of a home!

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Apostilles, Deeds, Records

HOME DEEDS:  A certified copy of your home deed can be picked up at your local county courthouse.   The cost is usually only about $5.   CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE RE-NOTARIZED….WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR DOCS FOR APOSTILLE, YOU CAN SEND THOSE BY THEMSELVES WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL NOTARIZATION.

BIRTH CERTIFICATES:   These certificates can be picked up at your local county courthouse if you live in the same STATE that you were born in.  The cost usually runs about $5.  Otherwise, you can order these online at www.vitalchek.com

People order copies of their birth certificates for a number of reasons.  Here are a few:

Required for their home study
Required to apply for a passport
Required if you are adopting as a single mother

Our recommendation is to order (3) certified (not apostilled) copies of your birth certificates for each parent.  Even if you don’t end up having to use all (3), it never hurts to have extras on hand for the future.  If you already have a certified copy of your original birth certificate, your home study social worker will usually accept a photo copy.  Your passport requires the original, but it will be returned to you with your passport.  If you are adopting as a single parent, a photo copy of the original is sufficient for your INS application I-600A.   However, if you are applying as a single parent, you WILL need an original, apostilled copy for your dossier.  We recommend you have (2) copies apostilled….(1) for your dossier and (1) to carry with you in the event your passports are stolen and you need authorized ID to get you back in the United States.

When you order your birth certificate, do NOT order the apostilled copy in the beginning.   You want the apostille to have the latest date possible prior to sending your dossier, and if you order these in the beginning with apostilles, they will be too close to expiring by the time you send your dossier.    CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE RE-NOTARIZED….WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR DOCS FOR APOSTILLE, YOU CAN SEND THOSE BY THEMSELVES WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL NOTARIZATION.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES:  These certificates can be picked up at your local county courthouse if you live in the same STATE that you were married in.  The cost usually runs about $5.  Otherwise, you can order these online at www.vitalcheck.com  If you were married in a different state than you currently live in, that marriage cert must be apostilled in the state it was issued in.  And again, do not order an apostilled copy in the beginning because they may be too close to expiring by the time you send your dossier.  INS will accept a photo copy of your marriage certificate for your I600A.   Your social worker should also accept a photo copy.  But you will need an original, certified, and apostilled copy for your dossier and an extra to carry with you.  CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE RE-NOTARIZED….WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR DOCS FOR APOSTILLE, YOU CAN SEND THOSE BY THEMSELVES WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL NOTARIZATION.

DIVORCE CERTIFICATES:  These certificates can be picked up at your local county courthouse if you live in the same STATE that you were divorced in.  The cost usually runs about $5.  Otherwise, you can order these online at www.vitalcheck.com  These are usually only necessary if you are applying as a single parent who is currently divorced.    Your social worker may require copies of these as well to confirm the legal divorce took place.  You will not need a copy of these to submit with your dossier (typically), and you will not need to carry an extra copy with you abroad.  Each country has different requirements, so be sure to inquire with your agency.  CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE RE-NOTARIZED….WHEN YOU SEND IN YOUR DOCS FOR APOSTILLE, YOU CAN SEND THOSE BY THEMSELVES WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL NOTARIZATION.

APOSTILLES:  Typically, the Superior Court Clerk’s Office in your state is the one which handles attaching apostilles to all of your notarized dossier documents.   An apostille is nothing more than a state seal confirming that the notary who signed your documents is legitimate and licensed.  The Superior Court Clerk’s office is usually located in your state capital’s courthouse building.  Some larger states have branch offices which can also help you.  Typically, the cost for each apostille ranges from FREE to $20 a page.  The average is about $3-$5 a per document.

Please refer to the list below to find out where you would send or hand-carry your dossier documents to be apostilled.  Sometimes things change.  Be sure to call ahead to the office to confirm the address, cost, payment method, mailing method, etc.

BE SURE TO SEND A COVER LETTER WITH YOUR DOCUMENTS EXPLAINING YOUR PURPOSES AND NEEDS.
Alabama:

Elections Office, 11 South Union Street, Suite 200, Montgomery, AL 36104
334-242-5325
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to ‘Secretary of State”

Alaska:

Office of the LT. Governor, 120 4th Street, State Capitol Building, 3rd Floor, Juneau, AK, 99801
907-465-3520
Fee:  $2 per document, make check payable to “State of Alaska”

Arizona:

Secretary of State, 1st Floor, Suite 103, State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ, 85007-2808
Attn:  Alice Guzman
602-542-4285, www.sosaz.com
Fee:  $3 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Arkansas:

Secretary of State, 256 State Capitol Building, Little Rock, AR, 72201
Attn:  Corporation/Notary Services
501-682-3409, www.sosweb.state.ar.us
Fee:  $10 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

California:

Office of the Secretary of State, Notary Public Division
Office Address:  1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA, 94277-0001
Mailing Address:  PO Box 942877, Sacramento, CA  94277-0001
916-653-6814, www.ss.ca.gov
Fee:  $20 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”
If you hand-carry your documents and wait at the office, there is a fee of $6 additional PER DOCUMENT

Colorado:

Secretary of State, Suite 200, 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO   80202
Attn:  Elections Division
303-894-2680, extension “1”
Fee:  $2 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Connecticut:

Secretary of State, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT   06106
ATTN:  Authentications
860-509-6135
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Delaware:

Secretary of State, Division of Corporations, 401 Federal Street, Suite 4, Dover, DE, 19901
Attn:  David Krauss
302-739-6479
Fee:  $2 per document, make check payable to “Delaware Secretary of State”

District of Columbia:

Notary Commissions and Authentications Section, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street SW, Room 810-S, Washington, DC  20001
202-727-3117, open 9am-3pm
Fee:  $10 per document, make check payable to “DC Treasurer”
http://os.dc.gov/os/cwp/view,a,1207,q,522462,osNav,%7C31374%7C.asp

Florida:

Enclose a cover letter stating the name of the country in which the documents will be used. The country name is needed in order to authenticate the document correctly, whether by Certificate of Notarial Authority or Apostille. Please include a telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.
Enclose the required fee. (See “Certification Fees” above)
Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope for return of the documents. If you wish the order to be returned by a courier service, you must enclose a pre-paid air bill with your order. (no collect or cash on delivery (COD) mail or air bills can be sent from this office)
If you are using U.S. Mail please use this address:
Department of State  Division of Corporations Apostille Certification, P.O. Box 6800, Tallahassee, FL  32314-6800
$10 fee unless more complicated docs
If you are using a courier services please use this address:
Division of Corporations  Clifton Building, Apostille Section, 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone:850-245-6945  850-245-6945

Georgia:

Notary Division, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA,  30345
404-327-6023, http://www.gsccca.org/notary
Fee:  $3 per document, make check payable to GSCCCA”

Guam:

Lieutenant Governor Authentication Office, Lt. Governor’s Chambers, RJB Complex, Box 2950, Hagatna, Guam, 96932
Attn:  Sandra Marlow
671-472-8931
Fee:  ZERO, apostilles are free of charge

Hawaii:

Circuit Court of the First Circuit, Legal Documents Section, 777 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI,  96813
Attn:  Elsie
808-586-0255
Fee:  $1 per document, make check payable to “Office of the Lt. Governor”

Idaho:

Secretary of State, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID, 83720-0080
 208-334-2300, www.idsos.state.id.us
$10 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Illinois:

Secretary of State–Index Department, 111 East Monroe, Springfield, IL   62756
217-782-7017
Fee:  $2 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Indiana:

Secretary of State, Room 201 Statehouse, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN  46204
317-232-6531, http://www.in.gov/sos/business/2377.htm
Fee:  FREE

Iowa:

Secretary of State, Corporate Division, Hoover Building, 2nd Floor, 1305 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA, 50319
515-281-5204, www.iowaacess.org
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to the “Secretary of State”.  (Do not send original documents:  send either a photocopy of the notary public’s signature and stamp.  They will send you the state certification forms to attach to the originals).

Kansas:

Secretary of State, 1st Floor Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS, 66612-01594
Attn:  George Lott
782-296-4564
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Kentucky:

Secretary of State, Corporate Records, 7000 Capitol Avenue, Room 156, Frankfort, KY, 40601
502-564-7330
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to “KY State Treasurer”

Louisiana:

LA Secretary of State, Commissions Department, 333 State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, LA   70802
225-342-4979
Fee:  $10 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Maine:

Department of Secretary of State, Notary Public Division, 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME,  04333-0101
207-624-7650, www.state.me.us/sos/sos.htm
Fee:  $10 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Maryland:

Secretary of State, Certification Desk, State House, Annapolis, MD   21401
410-974-5521, extension 460, www.sos.state.md.us
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Massachusetts:

Secretary of the Commissions Office, 1 Ashburton Place, Room 1719, Boston, MA   02108
617-727-2836
Fee:  $3 per document, make check payable to “Commonwealth of MA”

Michigan:

Secretary of State, Treasury Building, 1s Floor, 430 W. Allegany Street, Lansing, MI   48918
517-373-0727
Fee:  $1 per document, make check payable to “State of Michigan”

Minnesota:

Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Constitution Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55155-1299
651-296-2803, www.sos.state.mn.us
Fee:  $5 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Mississippi:

Secretary of State, 202 North Congress, 6th Floor, Jackson, MS   39201
Attn:  Nan
601-359-1615, www.sos.state.ms.us
Fee:  $2 per document, make check payable to “Secretary of State”

Missouri:

Secretary of State, Commission Division, PO Box 784, Jefferson City, MO, 65102
573-751-4756, www.mosl.sos.state.mo.us/index.html
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “State Director of Revenue”

Montana:

Secretary of State, Bob Brown, Room 260, State Capital, Po Box 202801, Helena, MT   59620-2801
406-444-5379
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Nebraska:

NE Secretary of State, PO Box 95104, Suite 1301, Lincoln, NE   68509
402-471-2558
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Nevada:

Secretary of State, Capitol Complex, 101 N. Carson Street, # 3, Carson City, NV, 89701-4786
775-684-5708, www.sos.state.nv.us
Fee:  $20 per document, check to “Secretary of State”
Turnaround time is 5-10 days

New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Department of State, State House, Room 204, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH,  03301
603-271-3242
Fee:  $5 per document, make check to “NH Dept of State”

New Jersey:

Office of the Secretary of State of New Jersey, Division of Revenue, PO Box 452, Trenton, NJ   08625-0452
Attn:  Notary Section
609-633-8257, www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/notary.html
Fee:  $5 per document for adoptions, please send a cover letter explaining your purposes, make check payable to “NJ State Treasury”.
Turnaround time is 5-10 days.

New Mexico:

Secretary of State, State Capitol, North Complex, 325 Don Gaspar Avenue, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM   87501
505-827-3600
Fee:  $3 per document, check to “Secretary of State”
Turnaround time is 24 hours

New York:

Secretary of State, Certification Unit, 123 Williams Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY   10038
212-417-5684, www.dos.state.ny.us
Fee:  $10 per document, MONEY ORDER to “Secretary of State”

North Carolina:

Secretary of State, Authentication Division, PO Box 29622, Raleigh, NC  27626-0622
Attn:  Bernice Pruitt
919-807-2140
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

North Dakota:

Secretary of State, 600 East Blvd Avenue, Dept 108, Bismarck, ND, 58505-0500
701-328-2900
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Ohio:

Secretary of State, Elections Division, Borden Building, 180 East Broad Street, 15th Floor, Columbus, OH,  43266-0418
614-466-4980
Fee:  $5 per document, check to “OH Secretary of State”

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma Secretary of State, Certifications Office, State Capitol Building, 2300 North Lincoln Boulevard, Room 101, Oklahoma City, OK,  73105
405-521-3911, www.sos.state.ok.us
Fee:  $20 per document, MONEY ORDER to “Secretary of State”

Oregon:

Secretary of State, Public Service Building, Corporation Division, Notary Public, 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151, Salem, OR   97310
503-986-2200
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “OR Secretary of State”

Pennsylvania:

Department of State, 210 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA   17120
717-787-5280
Fee:  $15 per document, check to “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”

Rhode Island:

Secretary of State, 100 North Main Street, Providence, RI   02903
Attn:  Kristen
401-277-2357
Fee:  $5 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

South Carolina:

Secretary of State, Edgar Brown Building, 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC   29201
803-734-2512
Fee:  $2 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

South Dakota:

Secretary of State, 500 East Capitol Street, Suite 204, Pierre, SD   57501
605-773-3537
No fee listed, please call for details and confirmation

Tennessee:

Secretary of State, Notary Division, 312 8th Ave North, 6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, TN   37243
615-741-5962
Fee:  $2 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Texas:

Secretary of State, Elections Division, 1019 Brazos, Room 214, Austin, TX   78701
512-463-5750, www.sos.state.tx.us
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Utah:

Utah Lt. Governor’s Office, 210 State Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, UT   84114
801-538-1040, www.governor.state.ut.us/menu/html/document_certification.htm
Fee:  $10 per document, MONEY ORDER to “Lt. Governor”

Vermont:

Office of the Secretary of State, 26 Terrace Street, Drawer 9, Montpelier, VT   05609-1103
Attn:  Kathy Watters
802-828-2308
Fee:  $2 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

Virginia:

Secretary of the Commonwealth, 111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, VA   23219
804-786-2441, www.commonwealth.state.va.us
Fee:  $10 per document, check to “Secretary of the Commonwealth”

Washington:

Office of the Secretary of State, Secretary of State Office, Corporation Division–Apostille and Certification Program, 801 Capital Way South, PO Box 40228, Olympia, WA   98504-0228
360-586-2268, mail@secstate.wa.gov
Fee:  $15 per document, check to “Secretary of State”

West Virginia:

Vital Registration Office, Secretary of State, Capitol Complex Building 3, Room 516, Charleston, WV   25305
304-558-2931
$10 per document, check to “Secretary of State of WV”

Wisconsin:

Secretary of State, 30 West Mifflin Street, 10th Floor, Madison, WI    53702
608-266-8888, www.badger.state.wi.us/agencies/sos
Fee: $10 per document, check to “Secretary of State”
Check with the SOS via phone first….they may prefer you fill out a “certificate request form” instead of sending all of your original documents in to them.

Wyoming:

Secretary of State, State Capitol Building, Cheyenne, WY   82002
307-777-5333, secofstate@missc.state.wy.us
Fee:  $3 per document, check to “Secretary of State”