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Social Security Benefits for Children
Please refer to the links below for additional information on Social Security Benefits. Do not hesitate to call 860-646-1119 for a free disability consultation. Attorney Sauer works with clients throughout Connecticut.
The dependent child, of a wage earner who is receiving Social Security insurance (SSDI) benefits or who is deceased, is eligible for benefits on the wage earner's record until age 18, whether or not the child is disabled.
The disabled dependent child, over age 18, of a wage earner who is receiving SSDI benefits or is deceased, may be eligible for disability benefits if the child became disabled prior to age 22 and never married.
To be considered a dependent child, the child need not be the biological child of the wage earner but may qualify a number of other ways such as being a dependent stepchild, dependent grandchild, or even dependent step grandchild. However, the child must be dependent pursuant to Social Security's definition of dependency.
If a disabled child is not the dependent of a wage earner who is receiving SSDI benefits or who is deceased, the child may be eligible for SSI benefits. If the child is under age 18, the income and resources of his or her parents are counted in determining eligibility for SSI.
More information on benefits for children can be found on Social Security's website. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10026.html#a0=0