Amended Birth Certificate

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• Identifying Information
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Definition: 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.

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