In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age).
Ok. How much can a spouse or child get in auxiliary Social Security benefits?
Continue reading How much does Social Security pay in Auxiliary benefits
Many people ask me about whether their children will qualify for Social Security benefits based on medical conditions early in their lives:
We have two adopted children that we have had since birth. One is now 14, but was born at 26 weeks weighing 1lb 14 ou. The other is now 12 but was born at 32 weeks at 3lbs 5oz.
Are they eligible for Social Security benefits now?
Continue reading Children’s Social Security Disability Cases and Early Impairments
Disabled children can apply for Social Security benefits under the Title 16 children’s Supplemental Security Income (child SSI) program. Children’s cases are considered differently than adult disability claims. However, after a child turns 18, Social Security applies the adult standard to decide disability. Note: children between 18 and 22 may be eligible for Disabled Adult Child benefits based on their parents’ contribution to Social Security.
What happens if a child turns 18 before Social Security decides if the child is disabled?
Continue reading Child SSI cases after 18th birthday
Disabled children under age 18 can receive Social Security disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, or “Child’s SSI.” In order to qualify for children’s disability benefits, Social Security requires that the child:
- Is not working at a job that Social Security considers to be substantial work; and
- Has a physical or mental condition (or a combination of conditions) that results in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) very seriously limits his or her activities; and
- The condition(s) has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 1 year or is expected to result in death.
Note: some conditions result in presumptive disability decision. If your child has one of these condition, he or she may be able to be instantly approved.
However, the majority of children’s disability cases focuses on the second part, the requirement of that a condition produces “marked and severe functional limitation.” There are several ways of doing this: Continue reading Social Security Disability Benefits for Children
A reader asked if a child can still receive Social Security auxiliary benefits if she is living apart from the disabled parent:
If I have legal guardianship of my nephew and my sister is receiving SSDI. Can I apply to receive the benefits for his caretaking? My sister has been told that she could receive benefits for him, but unless she gets to keep it, she won’t apply for it, saying that the SS office told her it was only if he lived with her. Is that true or could I apply for him?
This is similar to a situation I wrote about concerning divorced parents. Children with disabled parents are still eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits even if they are living apart from the disabled parent. Continue reading Social Security benefits for kids of a disabled parent
Children can often receive Social Security benefits if a parent is disabled or deceased. I have previously written about these kind of Social Security auxiliary and survivors benefits.
However, there are times when proving paternity becomes an issue.
Here are a couple of situations where this comes up: Continue reading Proving paternity for children’s Social Security benefits
I was recently asked if Social Security child’s benefits continue for a full-time student who is 18 or over.
Here is the answer in a directly from Social Security:
No. At one time, SSA did pay benefits to eligible college students, but the law changed in 1981. Benefits stop when a child reaches age 18 unless he or she:
- Is disabled; or
- Attends a secondary (grade 12 or below) or elementary school full-time.
In general, benefits end when:
- The student graduates [high school]; or
- The student turns age 19 and two months, whichever is first.
Normally, benefits stop when a child reaches age 18 unless he or she is disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits generally can continue until he or she graduates or until two months after he or she reaches age 19, whichever is first.
Here are the applicable regulations: Continue reading Can a 18 year old full time student still get Social Security child’s benefits?
Children can get Social Security benefits if they have a parent who is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). 20 CFR 404.350 is the regulation dealing with who is entitled to Social Security child’s benefits. Generally, the child has to qualify as the parent’s child (more on this in a moment), be dependent on the parent, unmarried, and under 18.
What happens in cases of grandparents, step-parents, or parents who adopt children? Are their children entitled to Social Security child’s benefits?
Continue reading Can adopted children receive Social Security because of parent’s disability?
When a disabled individual receives Social Security disability insurance benefits (also known as DIB, SSDI or Title 2 benefits), their spouse and/or minor children may also be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. These benefits paid to the spouse or minor child are called “auxiliary benefits.”
Wait a minute, I’m on SSI, but my kids didn’t get any Social Security benefits.
Continue reading What are Social Security auxiliary benefits
Yes. Under some circumstances, Social Security can immediately start Social Security disability benefits, and continue to pay benefits for up to six months, while the state agency component of Social Security makes a formal decision of whether the child is disabled. These are called “Presumptive Disability” cases.
Basically, Social Security is saying that the child is probably disabled, and as such will pay benefits, while it reviews the case to confirm the presumed disability.
Here are the conditions that may qualify: Continue reading Can Social Security immediately pay disability benefits to children?