Series on Adoptions: Can We Change the Child’s Name?

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire

In honor of National Adoption Month (November), I launched last month a ten part series on Adoptions in Pennsylvania.  The ninth piece in this series focuses on the question: can we change the child’s name?  If you are interested in an adoption, I encourage you to please return and read my articles on adoptions.

The answer is yes!  Pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. § 2904, “If requested by the petitioners, the decree may provide that the adoptee shall assume the name of the adopting parent or parents and any given first or middle names that may be chosen.”  Therefore, the adoptive parents are not simply limited to changing the surname of the child, the adoptive parents will have the right to completely name the child.

To achieve this result, the adoptive parents will include the new name in their Petition for Adoption.  The attorney will then be required to include the name change on the proposed Adoption Decree, as well as other relevant paperwork.  Once the court issues the adoption, the name will be changed and the new name will appear on the child’s new birth certificate.

If you, a family member, friend, or coworker are considering an adoption, please call our office and setup a free initial consultation.

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One response to “Series on Adoptions: Can We Change the Child’s Name?

  1. richard

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