GWCA Ohio Regional Office
In the State of Ohio:
dossier documents must be notarized by a current
notary and they must remain current until the finalization of your adoption
Timesaver for county certification and State authentication:
In Ohio - Attorneys are Notary for life and are registered at the Secretary of State's office. If you know of an attorney that can notarize the documents then you are not required to have the notary license verified. Your documents can go directly to the the secretary of state for certification.
Second, the notary must then be verified at the County Clerk of Courts in the county in which the notary is registered.
Third, the documents must then be certified by the Secretary of State from the state the document originated. Please note that they Ohio Secretary of State website refers to this as authentication of documents. If the documents are being mailed, please use the addresses below:
Fourth and last, these documents must be authenticated by the appropriate Chinese Consulate.
instructions are given for this procedure in the Adoption Guide which
will be in your packet.