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Supplementary Birth Certificates

HB 537 – Anchia

SB 250 – Garcia

It is standard practice for courts to issue “supplementary birth certificates” that reflect the names of adoptive parents. This is done because birth certificates are the primary document for establishing the parental relationships and are often required to enroll children in school, add them to the parent’s insurance policy or admit them for medical treatment. Current Texas law does not allow children with two legal fathers or two legal mothers to receive a supplementary birth certificate reflecting both of their names. This creates a serious obstacle for parents in caring for their children.