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Old 11-04-2016, 09:27 PM   #21
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We changed our sons name and will for any other child we adopt. New life, new name. Not to mention, our sons birth name was terrible. I couldnt handle it for the rest of his life!
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We are in the process of adopting our precious 8 month old foster son and we will absolutely change his name. In fact we already call him the name that we are changing it to (which the caseworker has given us permission to do).
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:10 AM   #24
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This is a great discussion. We are considering a adoption, so I've been reading lots of books and talking with dh non stop. I had wondered about changing names for older children, which I think I would do. Glad to know others do the same.
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FYI - you can also change social security #s right after adoption. This also helps to protect you from the bio family trying to scam the system or get info based on an SS#.
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:52 AM   #26
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FYI - you can also change social security #s right after adoption. This also helps to protect you from the bio family trying to scam the system or get info based on an SS#.
This is true. Make sure to make this request after the name has legally changed and you have original Final Judgment of adoption, birth certificates, old SS # and proof your child was a victim.

Some Social Security offices may deny your request at first because they don't like to change numbers usually, but if you bring the correct documentation it can work. I was able to change my son's SS# the first time at the local field office by bringing the SSA's own documentation (google it) called "New Numbers for Domestic Violence Victims". It covers "victim of family violence,harassment, abuse, or life-endangering situations".
I brought the DCF and police report that names my son as the victim and they looked over it and approved his request.
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^^ That's good to know about the social security number. Does it only cover domestic abuse/violent situations? Because I would think all kids adopted from foster care would be at risk for someone using their ss# inappropriately.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:28 AM   #28
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Yes all our kids are at a higher risk of having their numbers used illegally, but I'm not sure the SSA covers all adoption situations. In my area I have heard adoptive parents being turned down/ had to retry several offices to get a new number. I personally had no problem perhaps due to our unique identified victim information I provided along with their own documentation.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:01 PM   #29
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Here I didn't need any victim paperwork. Our atty said change because who knows how many desks it was on.
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