by Romana M. Brown on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
But it's not always easy to find the document. That situation is especially acute for displaced people. Birth certificates are important for family reunification. Children born in refugee camps face the prospect of becoming stateless if they can't prove their parentage, and thus where they can claim nationality. This is tricky for Syrians in Turkey, for instance, as Syrian citizenship passes down through the father, and details of the father aren't always known.
For a child born in a foreign country and adopted by a U.S. citizen, a birth certificate may be available from the state where the adoption was registered (generally the state where the parent(s) resided during the adoption). If the adoption was not registered in the U.S., you may need to speak with someone at the foreign embassy for the country where you were born in order to get a copy of your birth record. In these cases, a certificate of naturalization may be necessary to prove U.S. citizenship.