Amended Birth Certificate
At the time an adoption is finalized, the original birth certificate of the adopted person is sealed in the adoption file and a new - amended - birth certificate is issued. This new birth certificate shows the adoptive parents in place of the birth parents, and the child's new name in place of his/her birth name.
Depending on state law, other information included on the original birth certificate may be left out or changed on the amended birth certificate.Related Resources:
Access to Information
State statutes covering the release of identifying and non-identifying information from sealed adoption records.
Sealed Records: The Last Stigma
It's time to move on and leave behind the stigma attached to adoption.
Search Lesson: Birth Certificates
Learn the difference between Original and Amended, changes that can occur, and how to use them for search.