WAG 03-05-01: Caretaker Relative

PM 03-05-01

Verify close relative status using the following items.


Birth Certificates

Baptismal Certificates

Medical Records

Census Records

Court Records

Marriage Certificates

Civil Union Certificate (TANF)

DCFS records

New TextIDPH Query in the KIDS System (note: for children only)

Hospital Record of Birth

Bible Entries

Social Security Records

Veteran's Administration Records

Death Certificates

Adoption Records

Voluntary Acknowledgment of  Paternity

Department of Public Health Records

NOTE: Birth certificates issued in the City of Chicago for 1950 or later must have a file number starting with "6" or "7". Birth certificates issued in downstate counties or Cook County outside of Chicago for 1950 or later must have a file number starting with "0" or "1".


  • DCFS Family Reunification Referral (CFS 301)
  • Verification of Birth, Marriage, Divorce, or Death (Form 97)
  • Record of Birth (Form 2636)
  • Adjudication of Paternity (Form 3148)
  • Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (Form 3416B)
  • Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) (Use for refugees, asylees, parolees, conditional entrants, and Cuban-Haitian entrants)
  • TPQY Input (SSA 491TC)

NOTE: If the child has a Social Security Number and other sources of verification are unavailable, attempt to verify relationship through SSA records.

For refugees, parolees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or applicants for asylum, use the person's Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) to verify relationship. If the noncitizens entered the U.S. at the same time and same place (Port of Entry), have the same last names and their alien registration numbers are consecutive, accept their statements of relationship.