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FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2002
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Heirloom Birth Certificates Now Available to the Public

Every time you purchase an heirloom birth certificate in Oklahoma, your money will go for a good cause … to help prevent child abuse.

Hospitals will begin showing the new heirloom birth certificates to parents and grandparents when they visit the hospital to see their newborn babies, and to encourage them to buy them as gifts.

The heirloom birth certificates are 11"x 14" with a dark blue trim, bear a silver and gold seal, and depict a view of the State Capitol Dome. The certificate will reflect the child's name, date of birth, place of birth, and names of the parents.

Since Nov. 1, 2001, House Bill 1063 has made it possible to purchase an heirloom birth certificate suitable for framing, along with one certified birth certificate, for $35.00. Of that amount, state health officials say that $25.00 will go to benefit the Child Abuse Training and Coordination Program within the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). House Bill 1063 was sponsored by Rep. M.C. Leist and Sen. Frank Shurden.

The project is a collaborative effort between the OSDH and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Proceeds will be used to provide training and technical assistance to judges, prosecutors, and members of the multidisciplinary child abuse teams who intervene in circumstances of child abuse.

"Buying an heirloom birth certificate is a nice way to show pride in being a native Oklahoman and the proceeds benefit a worthy cause. They also make nice gifts for birthdays and holidays," said John Burks Sr., Director of the OSDH Center for Health Statistics and State Registrar of the Vital Records Services.

To order your heirloom birth certificate, write to Vital Records, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117, enclose a check or money order for $35.00 payable to the "Oklahoma State Department of Health" and include the full name of the child, the date of birth, the city or county of birth and the full names of the parents, including the mother's maiden name. A basic birth certificate will be provided with each heirloom certificate. Allow about two weeks for delivery.

The basic birth certificate, without the heirloom birth certificate, is still available from the OSDH for $5.00.

More information on obtaining birth certificates.

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