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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