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After Adoption Order.. how long did you wait for Adoption Certificate...

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excitedmamma Sat 14-Sep-13 21:21:13

Just that really... and could someone please tell the process... do we have to apply somewhere for the adopted birth certificate?


Lilka Sat 14-Sep-13 22:06:39

When the adoption order goes through, the court will send all the relevent paperwork to the adopted children's register down in Southport. You don't need to do anything. The register will void the original birth certificate, and will create the new ones

You will be send the new short form birth certificate in the post. It may take a few weeks, all mine have taken over a month after finalisation to arrive. Short form birth certificates state the childs name, date of birth but NOT any parent information. Short forms issues for adoptive families don't bear any reference to adoption on them, they look the same as the short forms birth families have. However as they have no parent details, you can't use it for anything, for banks, passports, jobs and all official things, you can only use long forms

Adoptees don't get issued new long form birth certificates. Instead, an adoption certifcate is created. The AC doesn't look at all like a long BC. It has 'certified copy of an entry in the adopted children's register' on it, it has the childs name, DoB, the parent details, the court that finalised the adoption etc.

You won't get send the adoption certificate, however as that's the one you need, you have to apply for it

The application form for the AC (and any additional short forms if you want them) will be sent to you along with the short form BC, so you don't have to hunt for it. They give you a discount on the price with that form. Fill the form in and put down how many copies of each certificate you want, send it off with your payment, they should send you the AC pretty quickly smile

excitedmamma Sat 14-Sep-13 22:18:26

thank you!! very helpful smile

MooseyMouse Sun 15-Sep-13 07:32:22

Thanks. That's really useful. I was wondering the same thing.

MissFenella Wed 16-Jul-14 13:45:46

bumping this old one as I am wondering the same. We have been waiting for 6 weeks now.....

How have others been finding it - about a month or longer? I have 2 girls desperate for passports here grin

lilypink1977 Wed 16-Jul-14 20:42:24

If you have the reference number on the document from the court, you can call the general records office to ask for the "long certificate" - I've just done the same here to get passports (plus the way things are with passports that's another stress in itself!!!!) xx

TeenAndTween Wed 16-Jul-14 21:45:54

We got our long format AC in parallel with the short form one.

After court you get something to sign to confirm the name spellings are right to send back to somewhere. 1 or 2 weeks after that we rang up the certificates people and ordered the long one over the phone.

Passports - use the post office check and send service.

excitedmamma Wed 16-Jul-14 22:45:04

We got the short one a couple of weeks after AO granted and with it came. Phone no and reference number to apply for full certificate... we did it over the phone an they did offer a priority service for extra money but ours on normal service only took a week.

Judge at our celebration hearing did say that you can use AO to get passport if time was against you.

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