Disability

Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities

September 24, 2020 • By

SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program helps children with qualifying disabilities and their families. For this program, a child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and medically eligible:


  • The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition(s) must very seriously limit the child’s activities.
  • The child’s condition(s) must have been disabling, or be expected to be disabling, for at least 12 months; or the condition(s) must be expected to result in death.

Compassionate Allowances are a way we quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. Thousands of children receive benefits because they have one of the conditions on the list.

A child must also meet other eligibility requirements. Since we only pay SSI to disabled people with low income and limited resources, a child, who is not blind, must not be working or earning more than $1,260 a month in 2020. A child who is blind must not be working or earning more than $2,110. This earnings amount usually changes every year. In addition, if the parents of the child or children have more resources than are allowed, then the child or children will not qualify for SSI. You can read more about children’s benefits by reading Benefits for Children with Disabilities.

Visit parents and guardians page to learn more about all we do to care for children.  Please share these resources if you know a family or friend who needs our help.

 


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Amy

    My husband & I have an open investigation with CPS on his 2 younger children and we didn’t know that the mother was obtaining a Social Security check for his 10 year old son. Can he request the records as to what disability he has as mother has not shared this information. We currently have the 2 children in our care until the CPS investigation is complete. Please advise.

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Thanks for the question, Amy. If the children are living with you, you may want to consider being their representative payee. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Also, whoever is interested in applying to be their representative payee may want to read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees to understand a representative payees responsibilities. We hope this helps!

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  2. Romabella Ty-Arcangel

    Good day,

    I am a disabled person and I got approved of disability benefits.

    The question I have is, since I got approved this October 2020 and my first payment is on the 18th of November 2020. It is retro active pay.

    I’ve been on hold for an hour now. Please advise.

    V/r
    Romabella D. Ty-Arcangel

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      For your security, Romabella, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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  3. Margaret

    I applied for ssi for my child on may and i received a letter saying that i need to bring hen to a special examination appointment so we went
    After that i was checking my social security account and I realized that my child is there as a beneficiary so i click there and says that hes not receiving Supplemental Security Income payments so am confused what that means

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  4. Laura William

    I applied for ssi for my infant on may also and i acquired a letter pronouncing that i need to bring fowl to a special examination appointment so we went

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