After you sign these documents, your adoption agency will send you your child’s legal documents. These documents, called “legals” by the international adoption community, are proof that your child is legally free for adoption according to U.S. law (see the section on “Definition of Orphan in Immigration Law”). Included in these legals will be:
All of these documents will be accompanied by a translation into English. Guard these documents with your life! Make copies of everything, and be sure to put the copies in a safe place (such as a fireproof safe in your home or a safety deposit box in your bank).
Credits: Excerpted from "International Adoption Guidebook," Mary M. Strickert, © 2004
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