Afton Harper

Afton Harper is a journalism student at Missouri State University. She works as a staff reporter for her college newspaper, The Standard, and is an intern reporter at KSMU. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog guide Payton and snapping macro photos

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would waive the fees for domestic violence survivors to get a copy of their birth certificates.  

Advocates say the bill would save shelters money and help survivors get back on their feet.

In Missouri, it costs $15 for a copy of a birth certificate from a local health department.

Lisa Farmer is executive director of the largest domestic violence shelter in Springfield, Harmony House.

Farmer said Harmony House spends between $4,000 to $6,000 every year on birth certificate fees.