Birth certificates are legal documents issued by the state at the time of a U.S. citizen's birth. It's perhaps one of the most important pieces of paper one will have throughout his or her life, as it's often requested for proof of one's citizenship and identity.
A certificate of birth generally includes the names of one's parents and details pertaining to one's birth, such as the date, city or hospital from which it was issued. Copies of one's certificate of birth are required for a number of important things later in life, most notably job or college applications or when applying for a passport or replacing a lost social security card.
When a child's birth parents either voluntarily or involuntarily terminate their legal parental rights, the certificate with their names on it that was issued at the adoptee's birth is no longer applicable by law. Therefore, an adoptee requires a new certificate of birth identifying his or her adoptive parents as the people with legal parental responsibility. When an adoption is finalized, then, the ruling judge issues an adoption decree to the adoptive family. This functions as a temporary and make-shift certificate and has all of the same information a certificate issued at birth would have, such as the adoptee's birth day. The main difference is it will have the adoptee's adoptive parents' names listed as being his or her parents and legally responsible for the child. When this is issued, an adoptee's original birth certificate is filed away with the state in a sealed adoption record that may be accessed partially or in-full after the child turns 18.
The laws regulating an adoptee's right to access his or her original birth certificate varies from state to state. Some states allow access to these by request with "good cause" and others require mutual, independent consent by the birth parents before opening an adoption record. An adoptee may want to access his or her certificate for the purpose of searching for and contacting his or her birth parents, which is what makes releasing that information controversial and confidential. One's original certificate is essentially powerless, as a new one is issued by a judge when an adoption is finalized.
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Dna tests required after TPR??
February 24, 2014, 11:26 am
I'm curious if any of you have had to take your kids for DNA tests AFTER TPR was granted? Surely we can't be the only ones this has ever happened too. If you've had to do this, can you share the reasons behind it? I'm not getting any answers from the CW. I did post in another thread that we'd just...Hurray for Ohio!
February 23, 2014, 6:46 am
[QUOTE=1956CheverlyAdoptee]Bernie, I know that a year may sound like forever but the good news is that Ohio adoption reunion laws were just changed>>> The reason for the wait till March 2015 is that birth parents will be given the opportunity to file for you NOT to have their names . If they do...
Dna tests required after TPR??
February 24, 2014, 11:11 am
I'm curious if any of you have had to take your kids for DNA tests AFTER TPR was granted? Surely we can't be the only ones this has ever happened too. If you've had to do this, can you share the reasons behind it? I'm not getting any answers from the CW. I did post in another thread that we'd just...Bryan-searching for bio-family/mother
February 28, 2014, 5:13 pm
I was born in Alburquerque, New Mexico at the Presbyterian Hospital in albuquerque, but my adoption was finalized in Illinois. My date of birth is 9/14/1968. I was adopted 7 days after my birth by the Pratt family. I am an African American Male. My birth mother was very fair skinned, and my birth...
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