First Set of Documents Sent!

We had our first set of documents notarized, apostilled (given a big $15 gold sticker from Harrisburg) and sent off to Eastern Europe yesterday! For Zoya's adoption there were two documents that needed to be sent at this time...this time around there were 8! Things have changed!!  Thank God we are getting our notaries done for free because each apostille in PA is $15 with no cap....meaning if we needed 200 documents we'd still pay $15 each. Some states have a cap after you pay for so many the rest are free...not so in good old PA. PA is also one of the most expensive states to get an apostille in! Some states pay as little ast $2 I think! So the cost for this SMALL group of papers?

8 documents x 8 apostilles = $120
Shipping fee overseas = $118.27 (last time we sent them regular mail but this time we're not allowed)
Total: $238.27!!!

Our big dossier packet will be at least triple this cost to apostille and mail. I haven't counted yet but there are probably 30 or more documents this time around that need to be notarized, apostilled, and sent to EE. So for those of you non-adopters, here's a little idea of how the expenses can rack up quickly.

One step closer to Laina-chicky!


  1. Glad to see that things are progressing smoothly.

    Inch by inch, step by step, you'll get there!

  2. Getting closer and closer!


  3. That is so exciting! Things are happening FAST! Do you have the dossier in your hands already? I am so happy for you :)

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