Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Concerning the Baptism of Adopted Children, January 1998.
In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 877, §3, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that if the adoptive parents are aware that the child was baptised before adoption, they are to ask that the following note be made in te baptismal register:
“This child was legally adopted
as ______________ (name)
on ______________ (date)
at ______________ (place)
by ______________ (names of adoptive parents).”
Thereafter, the certificate of baptism will carry only the child’s adopted names and the names of the adoptive parents.
Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1781.