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    Teen Alecia Pennington can't prove her identity

    19-year-old Alecia Faith Pennington has launched a social media campaign for help because she says her parents don't have a single shred of paperwork to prove she exists and is their child, and they refuse to help her do so.

    Pennington says her birth in Texas wasn't registered, she's never been taken to a doctor or clinic so has no medical records, and was home-schooled her entire life. Now she can't attend college, get a job, driving license or a SS number.

    She's appealing for help from lawyers, media and the public.

    Very strange case. Her video and more details at the link.

    http://www.newsnet5.com/news/nationa...an-citizenship
    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance


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    I wonder if she was kidnapped as a baby?

    Just a question, not an allegation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrdsb4 View Post
    I wonder if she was kidnapped as a baby?

    Just a question, not an allegation.
    That's exactly what I was thinking.....
    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance


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    Odd story, sounds like the parents had the whole family change their last names to Pennington within the last few years because of some problems with the IRS.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendl...ife-documents/

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    This website has a lot of background on the quiverfull movement.
    http://www.freejinger.org/forums/vie...hp?f=8&t=23563

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    I am a bit skeptical of this situation for some reason. However, she should probably start by contacting the Texas (is that where she is at?) Department of Vital Records, or whatever its called there. They should be able to give her some information on what she will need to do. Lost or non-existent birth certificates are not that uncommon. She could also contact the Texas Bar Association about getting a referral on an attorney that could help her. I know there has been mention of immigration attorneys, and that might be of help. But another idea is some elder law attorneys could be of assistance. It occasionally happens that a person has worked their whole life, and wants to file for Social Security but then realizes they have none of the paperwork they need. They were born on a farm, no birth certificate, incorrect SSN, lost family records, etc. Elder law attorneys, or general practice attorneys, may have experience in reconstructing this paper trail. Its a bureaucratic mess, but it can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrdsb4 View Post
    I wonder if she was kidnapped as a baby?

    Just a question, not an allegation.
    I wonder if her parents pay taxes. She should go to the IRS. Her parents might be trying to live off the grid now but I'm betting they have birth certificates and social security numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBelle View Post
    I wonder if her parents pay taxes. She should go to the IRS. Her parents might be trying to live off the grid now but I'm betting they have birth certificates and social security numbers.
    That's exactly what I was wondering too. If anyone can get this taken care of it's the IRS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBelle View Post
    I wonder if her parents pay taxes. She should go to the IRS. Her parents might be trying to live off the grid now but I'm betting they have birth certificates and social security numbers.
    Either that or it's a fake report. Something doesn't add up.

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    The links provided in the patheos report went poof.


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    My first thought when I saw the article about this was that it was probably fake. But the mother's blog post, facebook page, and now the mother's public response (https://homeschoolersanonymous.wordp...-abuse-claims/) make it pretty clear it's all pretty legit. The mother argues that her older children have had no problems getting IDs. She assumed the midwife "filed a birth certificate" but don't have a copy. She also claims that she would help her daughter get whatever documentation she needs without requiring anything in return. I hope that's the case.

    To be fair, this mother seems to be fairly run-of-the-mill deeply religious, Christian homeschooler, from her blog. She has clearly fallen deep for some sort of essential oils MLM scheme, and it appears much of her life centers around attending conferences for that. But, other than that, she doesn't seem particularly nutty.

    She's also posted about the "True Women" conferences and wanting her daughters to be those types of women (stay home, make babies, support their husband, etc.) I would guess that might have something to do with the daughter wanting to leave.

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    ugh!!! I just saw a video that her dad posted on twitter and here is the link to it on utube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezZs2rT-FEA

    I'll say what I said there.. It's Creepy the whole thing is Creepy!

    It was posted on twitter from someecards and they have their own blog response, but I don't think I can post that here since it's not msm?right?

    Anyway, it's still creepy.

    The dad being an Attorney, should have had all these ducks in a row for his children. If the older adult children could get their DL why did he not go ahead and get things for this young lady too.

    He tells her, well get a passport??????

    Still Creepy to me!!
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    How does he think she's going to get a passport without a birth certificate?!

    None of this should be a challenge for her or any of her siblings.

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    She can get a birth certificate. It just takes a little longer. My dad had a similar problem with his. Then she can get an SS number, then a driver's license. She will be just fine.
    "If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
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    Parents Claiming Exemption on Fed Inc. taxes need SSN for ea Dependent

    If her parents have been filing US federal income tax returns and claiming her as an exemption,
    her Soc Sec No. was required on 1040 or equivalent (subject to some exceptions and delays noted below). Ditto their other kids.

    "Social Security Numbers for Dependents
    You must show the social security number (SSN) of any dependent for whom you claim an exemption in column (2) of line 6c of your Form 1040 or Form 1040A. If you do not show the dependent's SSN when required or if you show an incorrect SSN, the exemption may be disallowed.
    www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p17.pdf. page 36.

    Seems unlikely, imo, that taxpaying couple filed returns for years on end w/out providing SSNs for kids.
    Also seems unlikely, imo, that couple would not list kids and would skip benefits of multiple exemptions.
    Maybe they have not been filing fed returns IDK, not saying it is so, just hypothetical.
    Possible she was not issued a SSN. Who knows?

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    From same link, other possibly irrelevant info re SSNs.
    "No SSN.
    If a person for whom you expect to claim an exemption on your return does not have an SSN, either you or that person should apply for an SSN as soon as possible by filing Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card, with the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can get Form SS-5 online at
    www.socialsecurity.gov or at your local SSA office. It usually takes about 2 weeks to get an SSN once the SSA has all the information it needs. If you do not have a required SSN by the filing due date, you can file Form 4868 for an extension of time to file."
    "Born and died in 2014.
    If your child was born and died in 2014, and you do not have an SSN for the child, you may attach a copy of the child's birth certificate, death certificate, or hospital records instead. The document must show the child was born alive. If you do this, enter “DIED” in column (2) of line 6c of your Form 1040 or Form 1040A.
    "Alien or adoptee with no SSN.
    If your dependent does not have and cannot get an SSN, you must list the individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) or adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN) instead of an SSN.
    "Taxpayer identification numbers for aliens.
    If your dependent is a resident or nonresident alien who does not have and is not eligible to get an SSN, your dependent must apply for an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). For details on how to apply, see Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
    "Taxpayer identification numbers for adoptees. If you have a child who was placed with you by an authorized placement agency, you may be able to claim an exemption for the child. However, if you cannot get an SSN or an ITIN for the child, you must get an adoption taxpayer identification number (ATIN) for the child from the IRS. See Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending US Adoptions for details
    .".

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