by Danny S. Yoder on Jun 14, 2018 Birth Certificate
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.
There are also practical barriers. Many countries lack the technology or capacity to register each birth, even if doing so is mandated by law. And some countries only register babies born to married parents. Even if they want to register, some parents might not be able to if they cannot afford to travel to a location where births are registered or if they cannot cover the cost of issuing the certificate itself. There are also concerns that governments will misuse registration records eventually, whether for prejudicial policy, compulsory military service, or even ethnic cleansing. In the Soviet Union, "Jewish" was one of the 69 nationality options on birth certificates. Designating Soviet citizens as Jewish enabled discrimination against them, such as by limiting which colleges they could attend.