W.Va. to develop Web site for birth records
- By Daniel Keegan
- Aug 01, 2000
To assist other states in regulating child support between parents, West
Virginia is building a World Wide Web site to provide better access to birth
and death records.
The Interstate Paternity Acknowledgment Certification Transmission site,
to be built within the next year, will allow other child support offices
to securely access electronic records of birth and death certificates and
"One of the problems in getting paternity established is not having
the birth certificate," said Ann Garcelon, press secretary for the state's
Department of Health and Human Resources. "This will help get birth records
out quicker." Garcelon said the process would be shortened from several
weeks to immediate access.
Using a $25,597 grant from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement,
the Department of Health and Human Resources will build the Web site with
the help of the state Bureau for Child Support Enforcement and the Bureau
for Public Health's Vital Registration Office.
Susan Harrah, accounting unit manager for the state Bureau of Child
Support Enforcement, said states typically need the child's birth certificate — listing the parents' names — to facilitate child support in legal proceedings.
Delays in obtaining the paperwork mean delays in enforcing child support,
The site will charge $5 per transaction to cover expenses.