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Blog: Birth certificates available through health department

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

   The Henry & Stark County Health Departments wish to remind area parents

that certified copies of birth certificates for children born in Henry

County since 1971 can be obtained through the Health Department office, Rt.

78 South, Kewanee.

   The Henry & Stark County Health Departments wish to remind area parents

that certified copies of birth certificates for children born in Henry

County since 1971 can be obtained through the Health Department office, Rt.

78 South, Kewanee.

   According to Jeanne Carlson, Deputy Registrar, "The complimentary record

of a child's birth certificate that is provided by the hospital is not a

legal document."  Parents are required to show proof of the child's

birthdate upon applying for security benefits or for a social security

number which is necessary to open a savings account."

   "Proof of birthdate is also required for school entrance," adds Carlson,

"and a certified copy of the original birth certificate is necessary."  In

some areas of the United State non-custodial parents may attempt to register

children in school without legal birth certificates.  School officials have

been warned to be suspicious of this practice, noting that each year, many

children are reported taken from their custodial parents and illegally

transported to other areas of the country.

   (Either) Birth parents, listed on the child's birth certificate, or

court ordered legal guardians may request a certified copy of their child's

birth certificate by contacting the Henry County Health Department at 4424

US Hwy 34, Kewanee or (309) 852-0197.

   The charge for obtaining certified copies is $9 for the first copy and

$4 for each additional copy.  For more information on obtaining certified

birth (or death) certificates, call the Health Department at (309) 852-0197.

Request forms are also available on our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com

under vital records.  Enclose a photo ID, such as a driver's license along

with your request and fee.  You may also find us on Facebook at Henry and

Stark County Health Departments.