The Department of Health is offering no cost birth cards (small versions of birth certificates) to evacuees and their children. Birth cards can be obtained from parish health units in the following regions:East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.
Also, clerk of court offices in Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Bienville, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Lafayette, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Tammany, Tensas, Terrebonne, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll and West Feliciana parishes will offer no cost birth cards.
Additionally, the state has temporarily waived the requirement for parents to present their children’s immunization records to enroll them in schools. The Department of Health and Hospitals—Office of Public Health is using its internal LINKS system to track immunizations records and will share that information with the appropriate education officials.
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