TRANSLATION OF DOSSIER
- Once you have collected all of your dossier documents, you must
have them translated. For this, you have a few options:
- Have the dossier translated locally by an accredited
- Use the translator of the agency helping you with your
- Send the dossier to Ukraine to be translated at a
translation house specified by the Ukrainian Consulate
- Your dossier must eventually be sent from Anne Scully's office
in Edmonton to the Canadian Embassy in Kiev. If you get the dossier translated
locally, you will likely have less waiting time. If you are using an agency in
Canada or the U.S.A., they likely have their own translators, and the
translation costs would likely be included in their fees. If you send the
dossier to Ukraine to be translated, you will likely have the best translation
at the lowest cost and the least amount of hassles from the AC, but you will
likely have to wait much longer to have it back. In addition, you run the risk
of your dossier being lost.
- We used a translator from St. Albert, AB named Valerii
Polkovsky. He is excellent and extremely qualified as a translator. You can
email Valerii or you can phone him
at (780) 419 - 6125.
|NOTARIZATION OF DOSSIER
- Once the dossier has been translated, it needs to be notarized
by a lawyer or a notary public. This means that the documents
will be sealed, stamped, and signed by either a lawyer or a notary public. Anne
Scully is a notary public, and if she has time she will notarize your dossier
documents (both English & Ukrainian). Fees for dossier notarization are
usually very little.
* If you use a lawyer, try to find one who has dealt with the
Ukrainian Government and who has experience with international adoptions. Have
your lawyer or notary use gold or silver foil seals when possible, as it looks
far more formal. We went to a lawyer whom we thought knew what to do with our
dossier, but he didn't. We eventually went to Anne Scully, who signed, stamped,
and sealed EACH PAGE and did a great job (no gold or silver seals) with
the help of Grace at the Adoption Services office.
- When the dossier has been notarized, you need Alberta Justice
Certificates for each dossier packet. See the dossier
documents page for more information.
- Once the dossier has been notarized and has been bound by
Alberta Justice with their certificated attached, it is time to have it
legalized by the Ukrainian Consulate General of Canada. Contact the
office by phone at (416) 763 - 4347 or by fax at (416) 763 - 2323
for the most up-to-date procedures and costs. Expect to pay $500-$600 for
legalization and authentication of translation, and if you send the dossier by
courier with a return envelope filled out, you may have it back in your hands
within a week.
- Once the dossier has been translated, notarized, and legalized,
it is ready to be SENT TO UKRAINE! Take it to Anne Scully's office with your
credit card number, and Grace will FedEx your dossier to the Canadian Embassy
to Ms. Zhanna
Zaporozhets, who will deliver it to the AC on your behalf.
- Now you wait to hear information from your facilitator or from
the AC regarding when you can travel to choose your forever child or