Photo: Joshua and I in Guangzhou on one of the red couches (March 2011). He is my youngest little brother!
If one spouse is unable to travel, the traveling spouse will need to carry a notarized, state certified, and fully authenticated power of attorney authorizing them to sign any documents pertaining to the adoption of their child in their spouse’s name. Most agencies also encourage you to take along several notarized power of attorney’s as well. Your agency should have a standard Power of Attorney that is tailored for adoptive families. Don’t try to draft your own or use an already existing POA. You’ll also need at least five copies of your husband’s passport.
A few provinces require the Power of Attorney to be less than six months old. Check with your agency to see if this will be an issue with your province!
Courtney lives in the hot southwest with her big crazy family! Three of her five siblings have been added to the family via the miracle of adoption, including two virtual twins from China (Hubei and Shaanxi provinces)! She is the creator of China Adoption Online and is passionate about adoption and orphan advocacy. Courtney desires to help as many families as possible through the process and would love to return to China one day to make a difference in the lives of the children left behind. Her greatest dream is to become a wife and mother of her own little (or large!) brood someday.