Usually, the request for a birth certificate is accompanied by a certified copy of the final adoption decree.
The State Registrar issues the birth certificate in the new name of the adopted child, if requested by the adoptive parents, and the certificate shows the date and place of birth. In approximately 20 States and Guam, a notation is made on the certificate that it is not evidence of U.S. citizenship for the child.14 14 Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, and West Virginia. Afterwards, the Registrar seals the original birth certificate, order or decree of adoption, and the court findings, which are not unsealed except by court order or as provided by law.15 15 For additional information about an adopted child’s access to his or her sealed adoption records, see the Information Gateway State Statutes publication Access to Adoption Records at https://www.childwelfare.gov/ systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/infoaccessap.cfm. Suggested citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2014). State recognition of intercountry adoptions finalized abroad. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.