Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Question: We adopted a baby girl overseas and brought her home with us to the United States. We need to get a Social Security number for her. What must we do? Answer: In general, to apply for a Social Security number for your adopted child you must: Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5), which you can download at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html; and Show us documents proving your child's U.S. citizenship or immigration status, adoption, age and identity; and Show us a document proving your identity. In most cases, you mail or take your application and original documents to your local Social Security office. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. You may not yet have proof of your child's citizenship. But based on documentation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued upon the child's arrival, we can assign a number. When you do receive documentation of your child's citizenship, you can bring it to us and we will update your child's record. Please note that an adoption decree (issued in a foreign country or the United States) or a birth certificate is not proof of U.S. citizenship for a foreign-born child. You can get proof of U.S. citizenship from DHS. For information on the U.S. citizenship documentation DHS can provide, visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at www.uscis.gov. We also need evidence that establishes your relationship to the child if your name is not listed as the parent on the child's evidence of age. The adoption decree or the amended U.S. birth certificate will suffice. We will mail your child's number and card as soon as we have verified your documents with the issuing offices. To learn more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.