By Kimberly Sanzo, Provincial Parent Liaison
One of the steps to complete post finalization is to update the name on your child’s SIN card. Your child’s original SIN card/number should be provided to you by your Children’s Aid Society worker. One’s SIN is crucial when opening a bank account, Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) or applying for a job.
Once you have your adoption order and your child’s updated birth certificate with their adoptive name, you can apply for a SIN name change with Service Canada. This needs to be done in person. Your child is not required to attend.
Here is a link to locate your closest Service Canada location:
To apply on behalf of your child, you will be required to provide a primary document (i.e. driver’s license) and your SIN number. You will be required to enter your SIN into the agent’s computer to proceed with the change so be prepared with your information.
You need to provide 1 primary document (i.e. birth certificate) and 1 supporting document (i.e. adoption order) for your child to authenticate the name change.
Here is a list of other documents you can provide if these are not available:
During your visit, the Service Canada agent will assist you to update your child’s file. This includes updating parental information, address and phone number.
Once this is completed, you will immediately be provided with a paper print out with your child’s name and SIN number. This paper replaces the previous plastic SIN cards so keep it safe.
Let us here at Adopt4Life know how your experience was to update your child’s SIN card post adoption.