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What happens if no one knows your birth date?

Asked by chelle21689 (6995points) April 18th, 2010

What happens if someone finds a kid or baby and they don’t know when they were really born? They can only estimate? Do they just make up a date?

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Trillian's avatar

@chelle21689 Well, if the cord is still attached, one can estimate with a fair amount of accuracy. Even after the cord drops off, I think that a doctor could make a fair approximation.

YARNLADY's avatar

The legal remedies include finding someone who was present or has personal knowledge of the event, and applying to the jurisdiction where the birth took place. It can be difficult, but there are legal ways to solve the problem.

gutterpanda's avatar

just cut it in half and count the rings

phillis's avatar

I can’t speak for other countries, only the United States.

A child can get lost in the system, fall through the cracks, and nobody will notice until is too late. Everybody wants to help a child, but when we fail that child, there is no one to be seen anywhere near the child. That was worth mentioning.

Unless the child is born from a mother whom nobody knew was pregnant, that child will always be identified. Children are assigned a social security number at birth that tracks them until the day they die. Even a prom baby can be identified via a DNA process. This is the same diagnostic tool that is used for a “found” infant or child, usually in conjunction with authorities who run searches for missing children. Missing children who are never found are either dead, or an adult has absconded out of the country with them.

You are legal required to enroll a child in school. People will notice, believe me, if you have a child who is not attending school when it is in session. An uneducated child is glaringly obvious, so even if a person doesn’t quite know what to make of the situation, social services will eventually get involved. I don’t know too many people who can successfully support themselves and a child without ever setting foot into society again, so they’ll have to show up at some point.

dpworkin's avatar

There are a lot of people who don’t know their birth date because accurate registries weren’t kept in their birthplace. My mother was one of them. She took January 1 as her birthday, and that is what appeared on all subsequent official documents.

Seek's avatar

My step-grandfather doesn’t know his birthday. He eventually made it April 1st, but he’ll never know for sure. When you’re born in a bed in a log home in the backwoods of Kentucky somewhere near 1930, well, no one was there to draw up the paperwork.

dpworkin's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Jinx, you owe me a Coke.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Jesus Fucking Christ mods

Apply for a Scorpio date. Scorpios rule (after fucking mods, of course)

chelle21689's avatar

Yeah, my grandma was born 1917 and no one knows her birthday! BUT I looked at her citizenship certificate and stuff and it just said January 1st…but my dad told me no one really knows her birthday because back then no one paid much attention to that stuff

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