Go to top of page

6. If my adoption is discharged

6. If my adoption is discharged, what happens to my birth certificate? Do I need to get a new one? Who is named as my parents?

Answer

Generally speaking, if the adoption order is discharged by the Court, then you will revert to your original birth certificate as your legal birth certificate. 

However, on making the discharge order, the court may make other orders in respect to your entry on the Register of Births and to your name. 

If your adoption order is discharged, this will mean that your original parents will become your legal parents, and your adoptive parents will cease to be your legal parents. 

You will need to get a new birth certificate because your post-adoption birth certificate will become invalid.