Updated: Jun 14
Are you wondering what happens to your child’s birth certificate after a stepparent adoption is completed in Nebraska?
If you want to change your child’s name (whether it’s the first, middle or last name), the birth certificate will be amended to reflect the change. If you do not want to change your child’s name, the birth certificate does not need to be amended. This is usually the case when the child is an adult.
The name change is part of the stepparent adoption process. A separate filing does not need to occur to process the name change.
Final Adoption Hearing
At the final adoption hearing, the adoption attorney will ask the judge to change the child’s name and the judge usually grants that request as part of the adoption order.
Report of Adoption
After the final adoption hearing is over, a report of adoption must be filled out and sent to the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the state or country that the child was born in.
If your child was born in Mexico, for example, it may be harder to receive a new birth certificate as it will need to go through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.
If your child was born in one of the states, the report of adoption will be sent to that state’s Vital Statistics office.
How Long Does It Take To Receive The New Birth Certificate?
Every state varies as to how long it takes to process the new birth certificate. For example, in my experience, it took six months to receive a new birth certificate from the state of Missouri.
In Nebraska, it takes about 2 to 4 weeks to receive the new birth certificate. Most states take about 4 to 6 weeks.
The adoption attorney takes care of this part of the stepparent adoption process. You shouldn’t have to. Make sure to check with your attorney about this very important step if you are unsure about it.