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Falsified Birth Certificates

Data collected by Kate Workman

Thanks Kate!

It's a fact that ALL states allow falsification of birth certificates - they are all guilty of changing the true birth information, issuing an amended birth certificate, and sealing the original... usually 'forever'. However, some states go even a step further, according to reunited triadians:

State
What's changed
Details
ARIZONA (see note) --> Amended birth certificate looks like the original; no indication of an adoption occurring. AZ adoptees may not be aware that they are adopted.
FLORIDA (date and/or city of birth) Changing city of birth to reflect the location of intermediary/aparents is STILL a practice that's going on. I understand that they stopped tampering with birthdates in *either* 1972 or 1974. I'm unable to confirm this.
GEORGIA (date and/or birthplace, plus non-id info) Like FL, legally allows changing city of birth to reflect location (county) of aparents, as well as outright lies in non-id info... including false medical information. In addition, the state will apparently allow changing of birthdate at the aparent's [formal] request, by more than a YEAR. GA is a particularly nasty state in regards to adoption policies and procedures.
ILLINOIS (date of birth) The adoptee who wrote had her date of birth changed to the tune of ~12+ months!!
INDIANA (date of birth) Also, amended birth certificate looks like the original; no indication of an adoption occurring. IN adoptees may not be aware that they are adopted.
MARYLAND (city of birth) The reunited adoptee was born in Washington, D.C., but her amended b/c states that she was born in Maryland... home of her aparents.
MASSACHUSETTS (date of birth) (no other info)
MICHIGAN (date of birth) (no other info)
MINNESOTA (falsification of non-id info) (no other info)
NEW YORK dob dob appears to have been changed for one adoptee Janet's been in contact with
Another says that middle name was changed, and spelling errors were made.
NORTH CAROLINA (city of birth) Apparently it is routine to change the city of birth to reflect the location of the aparents, as in GA and FL.
RHODE ISLAND (*state* of birth) The reunited adoptee who wrote was born in MA, but her amended b/c states that she was born in RI... home of her aparents.
TEXAS (city of birth and date of birth) Allows changing city, and date of birth (but not the year).
UTAH (no details) (no details)
WASHINGTON, DC (city of birth) (no other info)

SEARCHERS BEWARE!! The likelihood that your birth certificate was falsified beyond the norm is actually *quite* small.... but it IS a possibility. Widen your search parameters: look for near-dates, and cities other than the one listed on your amended birth certificate, just in case you've been a victim of gross b/c falsification. It happens.

Kate Workman


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