Disabled children whose parents have little income or resources may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Regardless of whether your child is a biological child, adopted child, or dependent stepchild, he/she could be eligible. To get benefits, a child must have:
- A parent(s) who is disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits –or–
- A parent who died after having worked long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes
The child must also be:
- Younger than age 18
- 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12)
- 18 or older and disabled (the disability must have started before age 22)
Within a family, a child may receive up to one-half of the parent’s full retirement or disability benefit, or 75 percent of the deceased parent’s basic Social Security benefit.
Children’s SSI is a complex law, so it is important to rely on legal representation that has vast experience in it. I can help work with you to determine eligibility and walk you through the process, working on you and your child’s behalf to get you the benefits he/she deserves. Contact me today to discuss your child’s SSI benefits.