Amended Birth Certificate Process
We are still waiting on some more adoption paperwork (the story of our lives). Right now we are specifically waiting for Baby MPB’s amended birth certificate from the state Baby MPB was born in.
As an aside, the amended birth certificate is very weird in my mind. Mr. MPB and I truly don’t care about an amended birth certificate. Baby MPB’s original birth certificate has his name on it just as the name we chose with his birth mother, including our last name. This was his birth mother’s choice and I still think it was a an unbelievably amazing thing she chose to do. Because of this, there is no name change required for Baby MPB. And, we just find it kind of odd that his original birth certificate will be forever sealed and a new one will be created with our names on it as his parents. We really don’t know how our names on his birth certificate will be necessary for him or for us in the future? But nonetheless, it’s a legal requirement and we don’t have a choice in the matter.
The one and only thing we know we’ve been told we need the amended birth certificate for is USA Social Security. Evidently we could get it with his original birth certificate but then we’d have to send in more paperwork in the future for that department to note the birth certificate change. I just don’t see the point on doing things twice, so we’ll just wait.
Anyways, we just got a notice from the State Baby MPB’s adoption was finalized in that they sent the request to the state Baby MPB was born in to amend his birth certificate. So, I thought hey, maybe I should call them and find out how long it takes to process an amended birth certificate request. I always want an estimate of what the process will be, but by now I really should be smart enough to just not even ask. My innocent question was promptly answered:
24 weeks, minimum when the request comes from another State.
But, if you want to pay, send in the certified adoption order which will never be returned, then we will process it within 10 business days.
The cost isn’t an issue – it’s a $60 USD fee. Which is pretty inconsequential at this point in our adoption costs.
But, giving up our only court certified adoption order just doesn’t seem like a good idea! And no, a notarized copy will not be sufficient, I asked.
So, we wont give it up. Which means, now we wait 24 weeks.
I am starting to wonder how old Baby MPB will be by the time we actually have all this paperwork sorted out??
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