Social Security is commonly considered only as a retirement benefit to
those over the age of 62, but Social Security provides assistance to many
others throughout the United States, including those that are disabled
or whose spouses are deceased. Aside from older adults, one of the largest
groups receiving benefits is children.
Children May Be Eligible for Social Security Benefits
While retirees make up the largest beneficiaries of Social Security, children
make up 6% of the total recipients. Many of these children receive benefits
because their parents are receiving retirement or disability benefits
and remain eligible to receive benefits until they graduate high school
or two months after their 19
th birthday, whichever comes first.
Consider the following facts about children and Social Security benefits:
- 3 million children receive benefits due to a parent's disability or death
- A child typically receives an average of $541 each month
- Children whose parents have died receive the most benefits
- Supplemental Security Income benefits around 1.3 million children
There have been a recent increase of children receiving Social Security
benefits as more children have qualified for the program. Further, the
amount of money that each child receives as a result of their disability
has also increased.
Many children can receive benefits equal to or higher than what a person's
spouse may receive. Since many people are not even aware that children
can qualify for Social Security benefits, this often a financial support
tool that goes overlooked.
If you are wondering how your child can help your family access the most
of their Social Security benefits, contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. Our
knowledgeable lawyers can explain what obtaining Social Security can mean
for the family and walk you through the application process for these benefits.