Social Security Numbers Available for All Adopted Children


Exciting news for all adopted children: every adopted child can receive a new social security number!

The new policy is clear that any adopted child (a person under the age of 18) may obtain a new social security number. Previously, the Social Security Administration policy prevented some adopted children from getting a new social security number after their adoption. Exclusions for grandchildren who were adopted by their grandparents, step-parent adoptions, or for children who knew they were adopted are no longer in effect!

The legal authority supporting the policy change can be found in the Social Security RM 10225.060 and RM 10225.066. The change was made in September 2015. Therefore, if you adopted a child after September 1, 2015 and were denied a social security number based on the prior exclusions, you should go back to the Social Security office request a new number under the recent policy changes.

To obtain a new social security number for your adopted child, take a certified copy of the Adoption Order and the child’s birth certificate listing you as the parent(s) to your local Social Security Administration office. Be sure to take a copy of RM 10225.060 and RM 10225.066 (available in our office) with you.

For more information on the importance of getting a new social security number for your child or general information about adoption, please call us at 520.327.6041 or contact us via email today.