[quote="Phemie, post:10, topic:191346"]
Baptismal records are historic records. You don't change those to add or subtract names. The only way it changes is if a child is adopted after being baptized. The CCCB has a decree as to how those are to be dealt with. The baptismal record does not change but the notation " Child adopted as "new name" by Father Z & Mother Y on yyyy/mm/dd per adoption record #xyz" and the baptismal certificate is issued in the new name. If necessary the godparents are omitted.
In some cases, the church is never notified of the adoption which can cause any number of problems. One acquaintance adopted 2 brothers who were apprehended by Social Services and put up for adoption. They were both baptized before adoption but since the adoption is closed and they don't want the biological parents to ever find out where the boys are.
Social Services will only say 'yes they were baptized' but will not reveal to the adoptive parents where the baptism occurred nor will the let the church know that the boys were adopted since the odds are good, due to the size of the community from which they were removed, that the biological parents would find out. Sadly, confidentiality is scarce in small tight-knit communities.
the baptismal record is never changed, even in the case of adoption or other legal name change, but the change is noted on the original record (with a copy or record of the legal document attached or appendixed in the register) and a new certification of baptism will list the new information--new name, adoptive parents and so forth. the godparents would not be listed if, as in the case of adoption, the original information is privileged. yes there have been cases where a conditional baptism has been done before confirmation or marriage because the original records are not available in such a case. Don't worry, the Church has canon law to govern every imaginable situation. The answer for anyone who is worried or has any questions about sacramental records---see your priest.