A Certificate of Adoption is an official document to be signed by the Judge when an adoption is finalized. This certificate will be required in order for a birth certificate to be issued for the adopted child through the Department of Vital Statistics. The information found on an adoption certificate will let the new birth certificate list the adoptive parents as the biological parents. Once this process is complete, the new birth certificate with the adoptive parents listed will replace the original birth certificate.
Each state has different requirements regarding records of an adoption is regulated. A Certificate of Adoption is often sealed with other records pertaining to the parties involved in the adoption once the adoption is finalized and the new birth certificate has been issued.
In order for an adoption to be legal and finalized an adoption certificate must be issued. Some of the information commonly found on this type of certificate include the child’s name, the family who is adopting them, and the signature of the Judge. This certificate is one of the most important documents adoptive parents will receive as it will act as a temporary birth certificate.
The Certificate of Adoption is typically in the native language of the country where the child is being adopted from. The certificate will need to be translated and notarized for the adoptive parents if they are adopting from a different country. An adoption certificate helps prove the adoption has been finalized, which is needed for an international adoption in order for the child to become a citizen of their new home country.