Legislation was introduced yesterday to assist in making the correction of birth certificates easier for those adopted abroad. Presently, birth certificates can be changed on the state level, however those changes are not recognized federally. This causes the adopted individual to either 1) pursue their adoptive country to correct the document, or 2) have two different birth dates – one for state documents and another for federal documents. You can imagine the issues this causes when the child reaches the age of applying for a driver’s license, passport, social security card, or job. The Accuracy for Adoptees Act would require USCIS and federal agencies to accept and recognize state court orders amending a child’s name or date of birth.
This would ultimately cut red tape for families and remove another hurdle for a child after adoption. Please clink this link to learn more about the bill.
We encourage families to contact their Members of Congress to cosponsor the Accuracy for Adoptees Act. The Senate bill number is S.1614 and the House bill number is H.R.3386.