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Originally published Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

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Social Security Q&A

How to get a Social Security number for a child adopted overseas.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Q: 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 do we do?

A: In general, to apply for a Social Security number for your child you must:

Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5) for your child, which you can find online at www.socialsecurity.gov;

Show us documents proving your child's:

U.S. citizenship or immigration status;

Adoption;

Age; and

Identity.

Show us a document proving your identity; and

Show us 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.

You can take your application and original documents to your local Social Security office, or you can mail them to us. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. If you do not yet have proof of your child's citizenship, we can assign a number based on documentation issued by the Department of Homeland Security upon the child's arrival in the United States. When you do receive documentation of your child's citizenship, you can bring it to us, and we will update your child's record. We will mail your child's number and card as soon as we have verified your documents with the issuing offices.

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(ThiscolumnwaspreparedbytheSocialSecurityAdministration.ForfastanswerstospecificSocialSecurityquestions,contactSocialSecuritytoll-freeat800-772-1213.)

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