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The Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries uses State Registrar Notices as the standard method of communicating important information to stakeholders regarding vital events reporting.
Adoption records for individuals born in Pennsylvania are maintained in the live birth registry managed by the Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries. On Nov. 3, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Act 127 of 2016. This Act outlines the process and requirements for adopted individuals to receive a noncertified copy of their original birth record. This Act takes effect on Nov. 3, 2017. Click here to view the bureau's webpage containing information for birth parents and adopted individuals pursuant to Act 127.
The Department of Human Services; Office of Children, Youth and Families, maintains and operates the Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry (PAIR) that enables birth parents to share their personal information and family medical history with the child they placed for adoption.
Visit the PAIR website for information or contact the PAIR office at:
Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry (PAIR)
P.O. Box 4379
Harrisburg, PA  17111-0379
Toll-free 800-227-0225
The Division of Statistical Registries runs several large health-related data collection systems including the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry, the Statewide Immunization Information System and operations related to the registration of births and deaths. Data collected are used to support public health program activities as well as selective administrative activities such as assisting the Social Security Administration with assigning social security numbers to newborns, and submitting Pennsylvania's vital statistics to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for creation of national statistics.
Vital Events Registry
This section is responsible for office and field work primarily involving the collection, processing and dissemination of medical and demographic data obtained from vital statistics documents (births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages and divorces). Click here to visit the Vital Events Registry webpage. Click on the links below to visit the live birth, death and fetal death registration webpages.
Pennsylvania Cancer Registry (PCR)
PCR is a statewide data system responsible for collecting information on all new cases of cancer diagnosed or treated in Pennsylvania. Click here to visit the Vital Events Registry PCR webpage.
Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS)
PA-SIIS is a statewide immunization registry that collects vaccination history information on people of all ages. Click here to visit the Vital Events Registry PA-SIIS webpage.