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Since the 1940s, the birth certificates of adopted children have been routinely changed to reflect the history and names of adoptive parents. States across the nation increasingly favor allowing adoptees access to the originals.
By Andrea Ross
Usually, you'll need a lawyer to navigate the adoption process. Learn how to apply for adoption of a child that you're a legal guardian for from this article.
Although more children are available for adoption internationally than domestically, the adoption process is longer and it costs more. Learn about the pros and cons of international adoption in this article.
Adoptions can be closed (there is no contact between the birth and adoptive families), mediated (with contact through an attorney or agency) or open (where there is direct contact). Find out about the benefits of open child adoption in this article.
Giving up a child for adoption is often a heart-wrenching decision. Learn how you can find a child that you gave up for adoption in this article.