Dossier [Adoption] Law and Legal Definition

The term ‘dossier’ when used in the context of adoption refers to a collection of legal documents that are appropriately authenticated and translated and used in international adoption cases to process the adoption of a child in its own country by the adoptive parents, or for the adoptive parents to obtain the legal custody or guardianship of the child in the foreign court, so the child can be brought by the adoptive parents to the U.S. for adoption.

Adoptive families will have documents translated for those involved in the process of adoption in the child's country of origin. The information that is required differs by country. Normally, records to prove a family's identity, finances, health, and character are included in a dossier.