An Adoption Certificate is also known as an Adoption Decree, is a legal document issued by a judge, legally certifying a parent-childr relationship between adoptive parents and the apoted child(ren). The Adoption Certificate creates a formal parent / child relationship, as if the adoptive parents were the biological parents, which includes a new Birth Certificate for the child, identifying the adoptive parents as the true parents of the child. In the event that the parental rights of the biological parents are not being completel severed, the Adoption Certificate will specifically dictate what rights the biological parents have.
Although an Adoption Certificate in the United States of America allows a child to receive may rights within the United States, along with the permission to obtain a United States Passport under the newly issued United States Birth Certificate, it is important to understand that when you are traveling internationally to foreign countries, you are under the laws of of the foreign country, not the United States of America. Therefore, when traveling internationally it is wise to have an Apostilled Adoption Certification(s) on-hand, especially if it is visually obvious that the child(ren) is (are) not biologically yours. Failure to possess an Apostilled Adoption Certification in a foreign court can result in you being charged with international child kidnapping or child trafficking, which can also cause your Visa paperwork to held because a foreign authority wants evidence, beyond a passport or even a Birth Certificate, that the child is indeed yours.