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Appendix 1000-2: Additional Acceptable U.S. Citizenship Verification Documents

CPS March 2017

Document:

Additional Guidelines:

Foster Care Application Citizenship Verification Option:

Valid or expired U.S. Passport

None.

Use IMPACT option – U.S. Passport

Certificate of Naturalization

Department of Homeland Security Form N-550 or N-57.0

Use IMPACT option – Naturalization Certificate

Certificate of U. S. Citizenship

Department of Homeland Security Forms N-560 or N-561.

Use IMPACT option – U.S. Birth Certificate

Consular Report of Birth

Form FS-240.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

Certificate of Report of Birth

Form DS-1350.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

Certification of Birth Abroad

Form FS-545.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

U.S. Citizen Identification Card

Forms I-197 or I-179.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

American Indian Card

Form I-872.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

Final adoption decree showing the child’s name and U.S. place of birth.

Staff must still obtain a copy of birth certificate.

Use IMPACT option – U.S. Birth Certificate

Hospital record of birth showing a U.S. place of birth

None.

Use IMPACT option – Record of Birth in U.S. Hospital

Religious record of birth recorded in the U.S. or its territories

A Baptismal Certificate Showing U.S. Birth must be recorded within 3 months of birth, and indicate a U.S. place of birth showing either the date of birth or the individual’s age at the time the record was made.

Use IMPACT option – Baptismal Certificate Showing U.S. Birth

Documents that establish a U.S. place of birth or in some way indicate U.S. citizenship are acceptable. Below are examples of such documents:

Document Example:

Additional Guidelines:

Foster Care Application Citizenship Verification Option:

U.S. State Bureau of Vital Statistics official notification of birth registration

None.

Use IMPACT option – U.S. Birth Certificate

Statement showing a U.S. place of birth

The statement must be signed by the physician or midwife who was in attendance at the time of birth.

Use IMPACT option – Record of Birth in U.S. Hospital

Affidavit from two adults regardless of blood relationship to the individual

The caseworker must contact a regional attorney to determine whether this option can be used in the case-specific situation.

Affidavits are only to be used as a last resort if the individual is unable to provide any other documentary evidence of citizenship.

Use IMPACT option – U.S. Birth Certificate

Seneca Indian Tribal census record

None.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal census records of the Navajo Indians

None.

Use IMPACT option – Citizenship Certificate

Note: If none of the documents above exists and the child is under the age of 5, was found in U.S., and the parents are unknown, staff must contact the DFPS regional attorney to determine whether the under age 5 option may be used in the case-specific situation. Use IMPACT option – Child under age 5 found in U.S., parents unknown.

8 U.S.C. §1401(f)

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