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Would you adopt if there would be no amended birth certificate?

Trying this question again.  Would you be willing to adopt if the person you adopt was not issued an amended birth certificate?  The adoption decree demonstrates that the people who adopt have custody and control of the person named on the adoption decree and associated birth certificate.  The adoption decree and birth certificate is all that is needed to enroll an adopted minor in school, soccer, get a passport, obtain medical care etc. 

Trying to ascertain how important it is to people that they appear on the birth certificate of another person’s offspring.If it simply was not an option anymore would that prevent you from adopting?


When I first adopted it came as a surprise to me that they changed the birth certificate, I just thought I would get an adoption decree. So yes, I did adopt not expecting to be put on the birth certificate

Posted by rn4kidz on Dec 03, 2018 at 12:54am

The birth certificate had zero impact on our desire to adopt, I’ve always thought it was a bit odd that they change it but it wasn’t even something I knew they did / crossed my mind at the beginning of going on this path. I doubt anyone commits to adoption with that being a deciding factor, but I could be wrong. 

I think originally it done because adoption used to be a lot more ‘unspoken’ but nowadays that isn’t the case and it seems odd to me.

Posted by toinfinityandbiond on Dec 03, 2018 at 7:49pm

I think it was also to protect the privacy of the birth parents and so that everyone didn’t know the child was adopted unless the child or family wanted them to know. It was unusual that a woman wouldn’t take her husband’s name and most kids had the same name as parents fewer divorces/remarriages.

Adoption has changed over the years as society accepts same sex marriage, single people adopting, transracial adoption (it was promoted then discouraged)

Anyway it used to be people preferred orphans (deceased parents) over illegitimate children so a lot of the amended certificates etc were to help children of those times find homes.

Posted by Regina on Dec 03, 2018 at 10:10pm

I think the OP is asking if adopters would be OK without pretending that the child was born to them.I

Posted by NoraT on Jan 03, 2019 at 3:51am

I didn’t realize this was an issue. I guess it’s just a formality to me for legal and identification purposes? I don’t care whose name is on the birth certificate. In fact, I think it’s weird amending it is an option at all. I wouldn’t have given birth to a child I adopted. Maybe the birth parents, or birth mother, if she chooses to not disclose the father, should get the credit for the months of sacrifice and hours of labor she gave. I’m ok with that.

Posted by Erhans on Oct 12, 2019 at 11:47am

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