EAC is excited to have you as one of our post-adoptive parents! Our relationship does not stop now. In a sense, it is just beginning. You are now part of the EAC family.

Our Post-Adoptive Department is available to answer your questions …. We are just a phone call away!

Certificate of Citizenship

As of January 2004, when both adoptive parents travel to a foreign country to visit with the child before the adoption is finalized, the child will automatically receive a Certificate of Citizenship from USCIS. This certificate will be mailed to your home, arriving within 6-8 weeks of returning to the U.S. If both parents did not travel, you must first re-adopt and file Form N-600 with USCIS.


Even if re-adoption is not necessary in your county of residence, it is a good idea to re-adopt for the purpose of securing an American birth certificate. An American birth certificate is required in order to obtain a U.S. passport for your child. Since foreign documents may be difficult or impossible to replace, EAC encourages families to re-adopt soon after returning home. The re-adoption process varies by State of residence.

American Birth Certificate

You should contact your local Probate Court and/or Child and Family Services Department to inquire about the procedure for obtaining an American birth certificate.

Social Security Number

If you adopted on an I-800, your child’s social security card will be automatically sent to you. If you adopted on an I-600 you will need to submit Form SS-5 with your local Social Security Office.

Taxpayer Identification Number

An ATIN may be requested from the IRS as a temporary number for use. In addition, EAC requires monthly parental reports for the first year and quarterly reports for the second and third year.

Suggested Resources

  • “The Out of Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction” by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA(1998) Skylight Press.
  • “The Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook” by Joan M. Harwell-explains IQ testing, Learning disabilities and classroom strategies for overcoming them, assessment of language delays and motor skill development. It shows a sample of an Individualized Educational Plan.
  • “The Fussy Baby” by William Sears, M.D.
  • “How to Raise and Adopted Child” by Judith Schaeffer and Christina Lindstromidentifies age appropriate physical and psychological development from birth to late adolescence.
  • A directory of clinics and doctors in the US and Canada that specialize in international adoption health issues.
  • Washington State Alcohol/Drug Clearinghouse (a resource for information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect), 3700 Rainier Avenue South, Suite A, Seattle, Washington 98144206-725-9696
  • article about FAS/FAE

The following are some resources that may be helpful as you explore the process of adoption and the attachment process:

  • ATTACH-an international attachment education and advocacy association 300 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602)912-5340 lists registered clinical members and agencies who provide attachment therapy.
  • Great resource for books on adoption as well as emotional and behavioral issues.

Suggested Reading List regarding the Attachment Process:

  • “Attaching in Adoption” by Deborah Gray
  • “Adopting the Hurt Child” by Gregory C. Keck, PhD & Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
  • “Parenting the Hurt Child” by Gregory C. Keck, PhD. & Regina M. Kupecky, LSW
  • “Raising Adopted Children” by Lois Melina
  • “Making Sense of Adoption” by Lois Melina
  • “Parenting Your Adopted Older Child” by Brenda McCreight, PhD
  • “Adopting the Older Child” by Claudia Jewitt
  • “Toddler Adoption” by Mary Hopkins Best

For Children:

  • “The Chosen Baby” by Valentina P. Wasson
  • “Adopted and Loved Forever” by Annetta Delinge and Patricia Mattozi
  • “Happy Adoption Day” by John McCutcheon and Julie Paschkis
  • “Adoption Stories for Young Children” by Randall B. Hicks
  • “The Day We Met You” by Phoebe Koehler
  • “Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born” by Jamie Lee Curtis