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Do adopted children have to change last names?

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When we adopted our daughter her name was automatically legally changed to our last name. She was even reissued a new birth certificate listing myself and my husband as the parents. read more

In most cases the child will usually take the last name/s of the person/s adopting them. In the U.K. at least any name can be registered when the adoption hearing finalises the order. It’s just convention that bestows the adopter’s last name on the child. In theory they can name the child what they wish. read more

The children are given the last names of the parents adopting them. So after finalization, all 3 will have your last name unless for some reason you say no. Since they are older, keep their first names and middle (unless the child wants it changed) but change the last name to yours. read more

Adoption is often a case of middle-class families taking on children from non-middle-class backgrounds, and when those families worry about taking on a child because their name could lower the tone, well, there's that queasiness again. read more

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