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.