Packet #1 - This packet contains an entire set of
- ALBERTA JUSTICE CERTIFICATE - this is a certificate
which certifies that the lawyer or notary public who notarized your dossier is
registered with Alberta Justice and that their signature and seal is authentic.
You need one certificate (the same one) for each dossier packet, and each
certificate costs $10. Mary Clark is the person in charge of this service, and
Marino Hidalgo is her assistant. You will need to get the wording for the
certificate from Mary or Marino in advance, as you will need it translated
BEFORE you actually go to Alberta Justice. With the certificate, they bind the
dossier packet documents together in the top left corner with a beautiful green
ribbon, and seal the edges of the ribbon on the front of the certificate with
red wax. They also wax the hole in the top left. This is done to prevent any
unauthorized documents from being added after the certificate is attached.
Hence, the need to get the wording to your translator before the binding. The
address is Bowker Building, Room 111, 9833 - 109 St., Edmonton, AB, T5K 2E8.
Ph. (780) 427-5069, fax (780) 427-6821.
- AFFIDAVIT FROM TRANSLATOR - We had our translator type
and sign a letter swearing that he is a certified and accredited translator for
English to Ukrainian translations, including his credentials. The AC can be
very picky with translations, and we thought that this would be a good idea to
- INDEX PAGE OF DOCUMENTS - This is sort of like a table
of contents at the beginning of a book, only without the page numbers. It shows
the exact order of the documents as they appear in the dossier. We only did an
index for packet #1 (the complete dossier), as the other packets had so few
documents in them. Be sure to include a Ukrainian copy of the index as well.
Also, when you put your documents in the dossier, put the English complete
document first, then the Ukrainian version (eg. complete approved home study,
agency & social worker licenses in English, then all of it in
- APPROVAL FOR LETTER OF NO INVOLVEMENT, HOME ASSESSMENT,
AGENCY & SOCIAL WORKER'S LICENSE - Anne Scully gives you TWO ORIGINAL
signed copies of the 'letter of no involvement'. Include ONE with your dossier,
and keep the other to take with you to Ukraine in case the other gets
- COPIES OF PASSPORT PAGES - get a very good photocopy of
the pages with your personal information and picture on it. By the way, if you
need a passport, you can get an application form from the post office or from
an Immigration Canada office. It takes about a week to get your passport for
regular service, though if you're desperate you can get a rush job in 24 or 48
hours for a higher fee.
- COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES - Order the frame size
birth certificates if you don't have one - not the wallet size.
- COPIES OF MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE - the legal version, not
the church version.
- POLICE CLEARANCE FORMS - You require a local police
security check (they have forms specific to adoption/foster cases), plus an
RCMP and Interpol check. For the RCMP and Interpol check, you must first go to
the RCMP to fill out a form which includes fingerprinting. You then send the
form and fingerprints to the RCMP in Ottawa (Box 8885, Ottawa, ON K1G 3M8)
indicating that you want an Interpol check done as well (also done in Ottawa).
Send the forms with a self-addressed stamped envelope (or Xpresspost or courier
envelope if you want it back sooner), and it should be back to you within about
- HEALTH CLEARANCE FORMS - Again, there is some debate as
for what is required. Sonia Kondrat has an excellent set of forms on her
Adoption From Ukraine website club, or you can use the
SAMPLE FORM that we used. Basically, a good set
of health clearance forms (you'll need to type them up yourself unless your
agency has some which Ukraine will accept) will include a report on the
physical condition, general psychological assessment, screen for drug/alcohol
addiction, any major relationship problems, and things of this nature. It
should also include negative test results for HIV/AIDS, Syphillis, and TB. If
you're using an agency, ask the agency what types of forms and tests they
- INCOME DOCUMENTS - This should include your last income
statement and notice of assessment statement from Revenue Canada (for both
applicants if you're married). If you do not know where your last T4 or notice
of assessment is, you can go to a Revenue Canada office and they can run you
off a copy. It's a rather pathetic looking copy, so to make it official have
them stamp and sign it if it's not the original.
- BANK LETTER - Ask your banker to type up a letter
stating that you have various accounts, a mortgage, a credit card, and whatever
other business you have at your bank. Have them word it such that you are a
good customer in good standing with the bank. If possible, have them put a
stamp and a signature on the letter, which should be on the bank letterhead
(Ukraine loves stamps and other 'official' looking things.)
- EMPLOYEE CERTIFICATION LETTER - A letter from your
employer's company accountant or human resources person stating your work
status (full-time, part-time), your yearly salary or earnings, and how long you
have worked there.
- REFERENCE LETTER - Your Alberta agency who does your
home study will require a number of reference letters. It can only strengthen
your dossier to include a copy of your favorite reference letter, though it is
- PETITION FOR ADOPTION - This is the formal application
form for the Adoption Center. The Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto can
fax you a copy of the format of this letter, or you can use this
SAMPLE ADOPTION PETITION as a guide. Have this
petition form fit on one letter-sized sheet of paper.
- COMMITTMENT LETTER - This is a letter from you, the
applicant(s), swearing that you will register your child(ren) with the
Ukrainian Consulate or Embassy of Canada within one month of returning to
Canada, and that you will provide a report to the Consulate once per year
regarding the upbringing of the child until the child is 18 years old. It
should also state that you understand that the Ukrainian Consulate of Canada's
representatives may visit the child or children, and that the child or children
shall remain a citizen of Ukraine until his or her eighteenth birthday (Don't
worry - they won't visit, and they have no rights to take your child
- WHY WE WANT TO ADOPT FROM UKRAINE LETTER - Again, this
can only strengthen your dossier, though it's not necessary.
- PHOTOGRAPHS OF OUR FAMILY AND HOME - Since the AC now
has a waiting list, they try to pre-select the referrals before you arrive.
Providing a photo of yourself will assist them in matching a child that may
'fit in' with your family.
- POWER OF ATTORNEY LETTER FOR FACILITATOR - stating what
he/she has the right to do on your behalf (talk to your facilitator if you're
using one and see what they need on the form).
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