I adopted a child in a foreign country. How do I get a Pennsylvania birth certificate for the child?

To obtain a Pennsylvania birth certificate based upon a foreign adoption proceeding, Pennsylvania residents must bring all original foreign documents including the adoption certificate and the certified English translations for each document to our office.

Adoptive parent(s) will be asked to complete a form that requires a social security number and a statement of citizenship/residency. This form provides the information required to complete the Vital Records forms. We certify and forward the requisite documents to Vital Records. Adoptive parents will be provided a birth certificate application form and must send it separately to Vital Records with a copy of their photo ID, payment. We are no longer permitted to obtain the birth certificate for you.

Adoption regulations, laws vary from country to country. While adoptions from some countries permit a simple registration, others may require a re-adoption hearing in Pennsylvania courts. You should consult with your adoption agency and an attorney well versed in foreign adoptions immediately to ensure the future of your child's welfare.

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1. I was adopted and want to locate my birth parents. How do I access adoption records?
2. I adopted a child in a foreign country. How do I get a Pennsylvania birth certificate for the child?
3. How do I get appointed as the guardian of a minor child or incapacitated person?
4. What are the requirements to apply for a marriage license?
5. How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?
6. We are getting married on a cruise, island, or in another state / country. Where do we get our marriage license?
7. Can I register my marriage in Pennsylvania if it takes place in another country or state?
8. Is there a central registry of marriage in Pennsylvania?
9. Where should I obtain my marriage license if I am being married in a different county other than the one I live in?
10. Do I need a licensed minister or priest to perform my marriage ceremony?
11. Does Pennsylvania recognize common-law marriages?
12. Are same sex marriages legal in Pennsylvania?
13. How old do you have to be to obtain a marriage license in Pennsylvania?
14. Why do you need my social security number to apply for a marriage license?
15. Marriage applications are public record, but my social security number wont be viewable by the public, right?
16. What if I have a social security number, but refuse to provide it?
17. What happens if I do not have a social security number?