Instructions for getting official certificates or decrees for life events such as birth, death, marriage, or divorce. Adopt a child Some children in foster care need adoptive homes. Explore the process of adopting from foster care. Become a foster parent If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, we have the information and resources to help you get started. Get a birth certificate Description of how to order a copy of a birth certificate (with a raised seal) online, by mail, or in person. Get a copy of a divorce decree Instructions for obtaining copies of divorce decrees in Philadelphia. Get a death certificate Information on how to order a copy of a death certificate (with a raised seal) online, by mail, or in person. Get a marriage license Requirements, fees, and instructions for obtaining a marriage license from the City of Philadelphia.