Adoption Birth Certificate


When a baby is born, the hospital will complete an application for the newborn’s birth certificate and send it to the state or local department of health, depending on the state in which the birth mother gives birth. The birth mother’s name and the birth father’s name, if he has signed a paternity affidavit at the hospital or otherwise legally established paternity of the child will appear, as parents, on the original birth certificate. Also, they have the option of naming the baby, with a name meaningful to them. If they (or she, if the father is not involved) gave up the baby for adoption, or more correctly, make an adoption plan for the baby. When the child reaches adulthood, the child can request and receive a copy of the original, pre-adoption, birth certificate from the state department of health, in most states. That birth certificate will include the birth mother and birth father, who had established paternity, as parents and the name they chose for the child. 

Once the court has finalized the adoption, the clerk of the court will complete a record of adoption and send it to the department of health. The department of health will then seal the original birth certificate and replace it with a birth certificate listing the adoptive parents as parents of the child, with whatever name they have chosen for the child. 

Sometimes, birth mothers and adoptive parents agree on a name for the child and that name will appear on the original birth certificate. However, even if the adoptive parents and birth mother coincidentally had the same last name and agreed on the baby’s first and middle names, the state health department would still seal the original birth certificate and issue a new, post-adoption birth certificate because the post-adoption birth certificate would list the adoptive parents as parents of the child. The original birth certificate would show the birth mother (and father if he signed a paternity affidavit or otherwise established paternity) as the parent(s).

If you would like to explore adoption, we, at Kirsh & Kirsh — or the “Kirsh Boys,” as the adoption attorneys at Kirsh & Kirsh are sometimes called – Steve, and his brothers, Joel and Rob, and his son, Grant, pride themselves on answering questions about adoption and explaining the process without pressure or judgment. 

The four adoption attorneys at Kirsh & Kirsh have over 100 years of combined legal experience arranging adoptions.  Kirsh & Kirsh has been in existence since 1981. As attorneys, we at Kirsh & Kirsh, have very high standards for the prospective adoptive parents we choose to represent. All of our waiting families are carefully screened and thoroughly investigated. We will arrange for you to have contact with the family you choose on your terms, without families trying to reach you at all hours of the day or night. 

Our contact information is below. We will answer your questions and provide the information you seek, without cost or obligation on your part. In other words, talking to us is FREE and does NOT mean you ever have to talk or text with us, again. We can help you in finding an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, adoptive home for your precious baby, whether you live in Crawfordsville or Indianapolis, Bedford or Bloomington, Newburgh or Evansville, Hammond or South Bend, Wabash or Ft. Wayne, or any Indiana county or city in between, or ANYWHERE in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Michigan, or Illinois.

There is always a family waiting to love your child. We have lots of family options from which you can choose, all of whom are wonderful, carefully screened, loving families FROM INDIANA AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY (married, single, Lesbian, and Gay) who cannot wait to welcome a baby into their hearts and homes and are happy to assist with living expenses to the fullest extent allowed by law. You make all the choices about which family adopts your baby and the extent of contact you want after the child’s birth.

You can call, text, or email us anytime – call/text: 800-333-5736contact us, or Facebook message. We answer our office phone 24 hours a day, every single day. We try to respond to emails and text messages within minutes of receipt.

POSITIVE ADOPTION LANGUAGE DISCLAIMER:  Please understand that these blog posts are written in a way to use language that people use when searching for help with their adoption plans.  Unfortunately, while all of us understand what positive adoption language means, most expectant moms that come to us at first do not understand what that means. The most common search term on the Internet for expectant moms is “how do I give up my baby for adoption”.  If we do not include those words in our blog posts, and instead put “how do I create an adoption plan for my baby” then our website will not show up in most expectant mom’s search results in Google.

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