SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1709. What constitutes as a written acknowledgment of a child?

A written acknowledgment can be any writing from you confirming that the child is your son or daughter. A variety of written statements are acceptable, for example:

  1. An income tax return listing the child as yours;

  2. A soldier's application for an allotment listing the child as yours;

  3. A will referring to the child as yours;

  4. An application for insurance naming the child as yours (e.g., as beneficiary); or

  5. A letter indicating the child is yours.

Last Revised: Mar. 20, 2008