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Can Children Receive Social Security Benefits?

Are you a parent who is wondering if your child can receive Social Security benefits? If so, we have good news: In some cases children are entitled to receive Social Security benefits.

In fact, the Social Security Administration reports that about 4.4 million children receive $2.5 billion in benefits every month because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or passed away.

Social Security benefits help provide children with the necessities of life and the benefits help make it possible for kids to complete their high school education.

Essentially, whenever a parent becomes disabled or dies, their family may be entitled to Social Security benefits, which help stabilize the family’s finances.

Which children can get benefits?

Let’s say that you have paid into Social Security. In that case, your child can receive benefits if they are your biological child, your adopted child, or your stepchild that you are supporting. Sometimes, a child may even be eligible for benefits on their grandparents’ earnings.

To be eligible for benefits, a child must have:

  • A parent who is disabled and entitled to benefits,
  • A parent who is retired and entitled to benefits, or
  • A parent who is deceased and who worked long enough where they paid their Social Security taxes.

To receive benefits, the child must be: 1) unmarried, 2) under the age of 18, 3) 18-19 years old and a full-time high school student, or 4) 18 or older and disabled (disability must have begun before turning 22).

Required Paperwork When Applying for Benefits

If you plan on applying for benefits for your child, you will need your child’s birth certificate, the child’s Social Security number, and the parents’ Social Security numbers. Depending on which type of benefit you are applying for; for example, survivors, you may be asked to supply additional documentation.

Benefits continue until your child turns 18 unless your child is still in high school or disabled. If your child is disabled, then their benefits continue after they turn 18. Additionally, child disability benefits are payable after the child reaches the age of 18, providing the disability began before they turn 22.

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