Four Reasons to Obtain the Certificate of Citizenship For Your Child!


certificate of citizenshipThe Certificate of Citizenship is an essential document that your adoptive child may need throughout their lives. Whether completing the FAFSA for college aid, starting a new job or registering to vote, proof of U.S. citizenship can become an issue in a variety of circumstances. Here are the top four reasons to get your child’s TODAY.

  1. The Certificate of Citizenship never expires. Although a passport can be used to prove citizenship in some circumstances, it is a finite document with an expiration date. Passports for children under the age of sixteen expire every five years. This certificate will assure your child’s citizenship status for their entire lives.
  1. The Certificate of Citizenship means that your child has a clear government record of citizenship that is accessible by all. This means that your child’s citizenship status is easily accessible to show eligibility for Medicaid, eligibility to vote, in some states, to obtain a state driver’s license and for many other purposes. There is no easily accessible record of passport owners.
  1. The Certificate of Citizenship is accepted as proof of citizenship by all. The passport is not uniformly accepted by all to prove lawful immigration status.
  1. Beginning December 23rd, the Certificate of Citizenship fee for intercountry adoptions is doubling. The current cost for form N-600/N-600Kis $550 for adoptive families. It will increase to $1,170 on 12/23.

You can learn more about who needs to obtain this certificate why it is so important that your child have one by viewing this Certificate of Citizenship FAQ video from the National Council for Adoption. The National Council for Adoption has also provided answers to the most commonly asked questions about completing the forms required to obtain this citizenship certificate in N600 – Certificate of Citizenship: Frequently Asked Questions.

We encourage families who have not yet acquired a certificate of citizenship for their adopted child to ACT NOW. Review what is needed to complete the N-600/N-600K form and prepare to submit before the 12/23 deadline to take advantage of the lower cost.

Don’t delay, obtain your child’s TODAY!


Sheri Molnar is the Director of Operations and Finance at MLJ Adoptions. Visiting children living in institutions in Honduras and Congo has provided her with a tremendous motivation to come into work each day and work tirelessly on behalf of children in need of loving, permanent homes.