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6. If my adoption is discharged

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

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

You will need a new birth certificate because your post-adoption birth certificate is no longer correct, as the adoptive parents are no longer your parents at law. 

On making the discharge order, the Court may make orders in relation to your entry on the Register of Births and to your name. 

If the adoption order is discharged by the Court, an adopted person may seek an Order for their birth certificate to be amended to reflect this change. 

It is recommended that you seek independent legal advice about how discharging your adoption order may impact on your situation.