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Social Security is Important to Young People Too

Social Security does more than provide benefits to disabled and retired workers, it helps America’s families too. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), by the end of 2013, over 3 million children under the age of 18 received an average monthly benefit of $534.

If Social Security is meant for disabled or retired workers, then why are children receiving benefits before they begin working? It’s because Social Security pays benefits to children when one or both of their parents are disabled, retired, or deceased.

Obviously, if a parent becomes disabled or dies, this situation is going to impact the family’s finances in more ways than one. Social Security is aware of this predicament, and therefore provides benefits to stabilize families during a time of need.

The SSA reports that:

  • Over 300,000 children under 18 received an average monthly benefit of $615.
  • Over 1 million children of deceased workers received around $806 a month.
  • Approximately 1.7 million children of disabled workers received around $328 a month.

Families find that these benefits are extremely helpful since the funds help cover the necessities of life and help these kids complete high school. To illustrate: the SSA reports that in 2013, about 145,623 students who were 18 and 19 received $684 a month on average.

Social Security Protects Disabled Young Adults

Social Security also protects disabled young adults, even if they have never been able to work. If an adult was disabled before the age of 22, he or she may be entitled to receive child’s benefits if one of their parents is deceased or starts to receive disability or retirement benefits.

Such adult children include adopted children, a stepchild, a grandchild, or even a step grandchild. He or she must be unmarried, 18 or older, and have a disability that began before the age of 22.

It’s okay if the adult child does not have a work history because their benefits will be paid based on a parent’s earnings record. In 2013, about 1 million disabled adult children received $735 a month on average.

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