On May 2, 2006, at 4:23 PM, Grant Innes wrote:
> The problem is that a certificate may be needed by the child in the
> future, for example, getting a passport.
Why would one "need" a passport, as opposed to just desiring the
convenience it may afford? Most countries have provisions for
accepting foreigners without them having a passport. A passport just
means that the current US regime will vouch for you to a foreign
government. People who are not foreign to that particular government
can do the same thing. The USA may be respected somewhere still, but
usually a country respects its own citizens more. With most countries,
an invitation to visit from one of their nationals, plus that person's
agreement to be responsible for you while you are there, is enough.