What is a birth certificate?

A birth certificate gives your baby his or her legal name and also says who the baby’s parents are, where the baby was born and when.   It is a legal document that your baby will use later on for things like getting passports or getting a driver’s license.

Where can I get help?

For free help, call one of the organization linked below. They can answer your questions and help you fill out the forms you need for emancipation.


How will the court decide?

In some counties, the court orders an investigation before deciding. If your county does that, someone will contact you. The investigator may talk to other people, too, including your parents. The investigator will write a report about your situation and give it to the court.