by Josh M. Shipe on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
Gender, race, and even date of birth aren't the only areas where identity, as officially stated on a birth certificate, has been shown to be mutable. Following adoption, birth parents' names on U.S. birth certificates may be replaced with adoptive parents' names.
Schinderman isn't alone in wanting this choice. There are fierce debates in adoption and genealogy circles over the sealing of original birth certificates when amended birth certificates are generated. Some argue that adoptees deserve to have access to their original documents, and that these should remain immutable records of biological parentage. Others point to the need for privacy for birth parents and respect for adoptive parents.