Edited by BaileyB - 2/10/12 at 11:54am
I work in a hospital (labor and delivery). On the birth certificate form, you have to check if you want a social security number or not. Now, I've never seen or heard of anyone declining a SSN, so I can't speak to what happens if you do. I just know its an option.
I thought it was just an option you check if you want the hospital to forward your info to get the SSN automatically. Otherwise, if you don't check the box, it means you would have to go to the SSN office and apply for one in person?
I had a huge birth certificate headache with one of my children. She couldn't get a BC with an SSN, due to the laws of the state she was born in. The SSN was mailed to us, but never arrived. Because we didn't know the SSN#, we could not get a new card. After six months of wrangling, we finally had to ask our congressman to intervene. Without the birth certificate, our insurance refused to cover her after a certain point.
I have a friend whose family was very off the grid and did not get BCs or SSNs for their kids. They had to apply for them as adults, which is next to impossible without a BC. My friend's first child died of SIDS at 8 days old, after being born healthy. They buried her in their homestead. Their small town law enforcement eventually found out, and a formal investigation into them was launched, their daughter's body was exhumed, and while they were eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, it put them through a lot of heartache unnecessarily. The eventually felt like they were being targeted because of their anti-government beliefs, and had they been more "mainstream," reported her birth and death, etc., it would have been less hurtful.
They later went on to have nine more children, and did get BCs/SSNs for them.
SSN can NOT be got via a birth Certificate you must show proof of birth- your BC means nothing and they will not except it- the hosp sends proof of birth (different) the physician, MF or a ped can also sign this- they have a form at SS that they give you and it states BC is not excepted --- this is for a young child
we went thru this three years ago
we could not use our BC for our DS and had to have the SS form filled out by his ped
ETA - some states do issue BC for stillborns that is one of the reasons BC are not valid
You can't be a North American citizen - North America is not a country.
I generally think children should have social security numbers, and while I think the many perspectives on that issue are interesting, in this thread, mainly I'm offended by the poster who described accepting government benefits that help people in need as "gross." Is it also gross to accept government subsidies by driving on interstate highways? What about buying food grown by farmers who receive government subsidies? Or accepting a government subsidy to run a farm? It's infuriating to me that anyone would consider people in need of government assistance "gross."