Post-Adoption To Do List
First 6 weeks after arrival home:
q Obtain Health Insurance Coverage (most insurance companies require this to be completed within 30 days of the adoption date)
q First visit to Pediatrician (within first two weeks)
o Physical evaluation
o Blood work (at least Hepatitis B, TB, and HIV)
o Consider beginning immunizations
1st Test for Ova and Parasites
q File adoption paperwork away in a safe place. You should do this as soon as you feel able so that the titles and meanings of various documents will still be fresh in your memory (receipts, documents in foreign language, etc.).
Within 4 months of arrival:
2nd test for Ova and Parasites (6-8 weeks after
Receive your childís green card from INS.
Donít be alarmed if it never comes, but it probably will.
Keep in a safe place.
Obtain Proof of Citizenship
q Update your Will and/or Life Insurance Policies to include your child.
Within 6-12 months of arrival:
3rd test for Ova and Parasites (6-8 months after
Obtain your childís Social Security Card or Individual Tax
Payer Identification Number (for tax purposes).
You must have proof of citizenship in order to get a citizen
Social Security card rather than an alien card. In order to claim a deduction for your child on your
taxes you need a social security number. If you apply in person you
will not have to turn over your original documents. For more
information and the necessary forms, see the Social
Security Administration web page.
q Complete the process to readopt your child (strongly
recommended) or do a legal name change.
q Send post-placement report to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information about the post-placement report and where to send it, click here.
q Participate in any Post-Placement evaluations required by your state of residence. Consult your Social Worker about your stateís specific requirements.
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