Social Security Disability Benefits for Children

Social Security AdministrationThe Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a list of medical impairments that gives automatic qualification for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), as long as a number of conditions are met. If your child’s medical issue or its equivalent is included, they’re considered disabled and are eligible for SSA disability benefits. If their condition is not listed, however, they may still qualify, but on another SSA guideline.

Here are some benefits available in Social Security Disability for children:

Low-income Disabled Children

This category comprises of disabled children who come from low-income families. They should be able to collect SSI benefits until they’re 18 years old, after which they may start collecting the same benefits under the adult program. It’s worth noting that children who qualify for SSI benefits are also eligible for Medicaid.

Social Security Dependents Benefits

Disabled or not, children can qualify for SSI benefits if their adoptive, biological, or step-parent is receiving SSI or SSDI benefits or were entitled to these benefits before their death. However, your child will only be eligible for 50% of the benefit. They can continue to receive these benefits until they’re 18 and if they’re in high school full-time.

Disabled young adults or Children Benefits

Also referred to as adult child benefits, this category is an extension of the dependent’s benefits. However, this category covers disabled children only. In that case, if a child is disabled by the time they’re turning 18 or they become disabled before turning 22, they can continue receiving the dependent’s benefits as long as they remain disabled.

Determining the eligibility of your child for Social Security-related benefits is possible. If you’ve been denied of SSDI or have questions concerning eligibility in your condition, seek legal help.