Picked up the documents we dropped off for authentication at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles today. For those not familiar with the international adoption process (China Specifically) here are some samples of what we are talking about when we discuss notary, certification, and authentication of documents.
Most people are familiar with a Notary Stamp, each document must be signed with a statement as to the accuracy of the document and notarized.
After the notarization the document needs certification by the Secretary of State:
Following the certification the document is then taken to the Chinese Consulate/Embassy to be authenticated: