Social Security’s Benefits for Children

Social Security is with you through life’s journey — from birth, to death, and even beyond, by helping to care for surviving dependents. Every year, about 4.4 million children receive monthly benefits because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired, or deceased. When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial situation in an otherwise turbulent time.

Earlier this year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month in January and National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March both raised awareness about medical conditions in children. Many families with children who have birth defects or developmental disabilities need medical and financial help. This is where Social Security’s commitment to helping children and families is most evident.

Social Security pays benefits through our disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Our disability program provides vital income for disabled children, including people disabled since childhood. To qualify for children’s benefits under our disability program, the applicant must be the child of a parent entitled to benefits and meet Social Security’s strict definition of disability. A person is disabled under the Social Security Act if he or she can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death.

The SSI program provides payments to blind or disabled children who live in households with low income and limited resources if they meet our strict definition of disability. You can find more information on eligibility requirements by visiting our website.

Our publication, Benefits for Children explains all we do to care for children. Our website is also an excellent source of information. If you think a child you know is eligible for benefits, don’t wait. Share this information and help improve the child’s quality of life today.

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446 thoughts on “Social Security’s Benefits for Children

  1. I’ll believe it when I see some real action done by Congress to sure up SS in order that it will be there for everyone.

    • It can’t possibly be there for everyone… Only those who pay into the fund. It’s a retirement plan first and a Disability plan second. In order to receive a check for retirement, you must pay in 40 credits and retire at 62 to get full benefits. If a taxpayer becomes disabled before retirement than SSA does an assessment of what the individual paid into to the fund. Some people get more, others less based on FICA Taxes Paid. People who haven’t paid in at all are not entitled to get a monthly check if no taxes or not enough taxes aren’t paid in. This is why SSI was established. The money paid to unqualified disabled children and adults will receive a small monthly check to help pay expenses. They then would have to apply for State aid such as Medicaid, SNAP, and help with rent and utilities. (Gas or Electric)… maybe even a small one-time cash payout. Congress is never going to just hand those who haven’t paid their share to just collect a check just because they’re citizens. That’s where people make their mistake… during the Obama Administration, newly documented residents thought they were entitled to Social Security Disability for themselves or their children. They lined up at the Social Security Offices waiting for the free handout they thought they were entitled to, only to be told that they didn’t qualify. SSA doesn’t just give away taxpayers money like people may think.

    • Hello, I have a general question. My granddaughter receives survivor benefits, she is 17 years old and has applied for a grant for a small college/trade school in our area, but can’t get in until August. She doesn’t want to lose her benefits but is considering a part time job. Is it possible for her to work until she starts school in August and still receive her benefits? And if so, what are the guidelines on how much she can earn and still receive them?

  2. Supreme Courts Mandates
    Plus our Legislators
    That should leave these six words home before; attending any Government Office: Shouldah, Wouldah, Couldah, If, Maybe and But
    Please no excuses People of this country deserve better!
    According to a news media; Judge’s are saying that in some states school are not fully funded and has caused some schools to short fall of the State constitution’s guarantee of thorough and efficient Education. Interesting scenario: from these Judges? May I ask these from Legislators and Supreme Court Judges; have they “EVER” found in their interpretation of Constitution that?
    “Where are the Guarantees”:
    That people: should be able to put food on their table.
    And will not need to pay tax on their home if they can’t afford it. So what our Government saying we will sale your home and use your money to gave education to Bastard kids that are with out known fathers and perhaps mothers too while; she screwing every dog around town. Thank you’ you should be rewarded for that. Note: at no time that I would approach any kid point the finger at or and name them to be Bastard. However I would accuse Mather as having Bastard kid and being Whoor. You don’t like truth though shit Morons’.
    Did you say that this is lie perhaps you guys should look at TV court shows and some other once a while, there are actually three other shows that actually deal with that an unwed Females. You people need to learn what actually is going on through out of our Country, but you are either too stupid or blind to face actual facts or you don’t care as long you get your “Vote”

    (You can only give education to people that are willing to learn and that you should have that privilege once in life time!!!)

    That people: should be able to live in them houses, for which are have being working, sacrificing and paying for, all of their lives.
    That people: should not have to choose between the food and medication. Because you are forcing taxes and taking my SSI to feed some one others bastards kids’ and their whoore Mothers “you disgraceful Morons”.
    That people: should be guaranteed to have medical coverage. We have giving other Countries in Trillions, that in some countries children are Medically insured, the day that are born. How come our arrogant Judges don’t see that we are insured, I can see one conclusion that our Supreme Court are Terrorist Group, that do not care for General public but their own Ideology’ because they are; well cover by our corrupted system?
    That people: should have guarantee if I can afford to pay taxes on house that I will not be thrown out on the street. Hello talk to me
    Ladies and Gentlemen you can also intrepid that my “Farts” are smelly instead of stinky, but at the end of day both came from same asshole. You call yourself Judges, where is equal justice, where is your equal Guarantee to all people, where is my education, that my country did not provide to me.
    Yes it is nice to have education but country does not need every one to be Professor? We also need of janitors, broom pusher, ditch digger farm worker Etc. and note that 90% of farm work is done by immigrant. Perhaps these Judges and scumbags Legislators should be forfeiting they salaries and donate it to Education system, instead mandating the “laws” which do not exist in our constitution, but are presented to us as to “be”. According to Supreme court notes they are forbidding making any laws or rules, only Legislators are law makers, but Supreme courts intrepid the laws to their Ideology making manure, that some one else have to pay for their “Bustards” kids (nothing personal). We have Supreme Courts in state and National level generating “lots of manure” too bad that we can mandated for them to bathe in it. I am foreign born with no Education to speak of 6 grade of Elementary; in Europe but I managed to put two kids through schools without State or Federal help, and my adapted country forcing me to pay for education of some one else’s kids, needless to say that lots of them are “Bastards’, Yes according to Webster Dictionary kid without known father is designate as Bastard”. Be side that must of them don’t even want to learn or get educated. You don’t need to be smart, or be a lawyer to see what is going on. In our country: New comers not only that I am force to support they education but they want they own country language instead of English, on top of all I am force to give them “bilingual teachers”. We also have schools spending thousands of dollars on computers, for kids of Families that supposedly; can afford and pay for it on their own, but they can afford to buy a toys and booze, they also get grants from our Government, supposedly to be for Education instead they purchase IPods and goes on Vacations, cell phones cars, Etc. but we have to supply computers for they kids to use at school what a crack of bull shit. Needless to say wasted money on play grounds like foot ball, and base ball fields Etc. Our country Supreme Courts and they “Idiotic ways! Are making more and more people sick and homeless in this country by their mandated causes! Few that make through education and become professionals’ are paid in Millions, “how much” of this people are paying back to community which forked financial means for them to become professional’s players.

    Thank you Ladies and Gents for making mandates and taking in consideration of all classes of our people. In addition you have forgot that the no courts can make any laws but you are making illegal rules according to your own interpretation of Constitution USA, that only Legislators are able to do that, and that is according to Supreme Courts notes. Thanks hypocrites’ for your Ethical consideration, that all people are equal, and this rules are “Violated” daily by you; yes you the Supreme Justices’!

    Another fiasco that just came to my attention compiled by some.
    So you might think that I am not speaking truth, how about this one: Prostitution female get cut selling her self; it is Jail time for her. “But undetermined” amount of females that gave birth to “half dozen” kids, or one every six months multiplied like “Rats”, with out known fathers, you have rewarded them by give them Welfare, SSI or and Disability and in some cases all three. You stupid arrogant scum bags: isn’t that discrimination. “Whoor’s” gets rewarded for having sex out of wedlock and having babes every six months, But “Prostitute” gets punished which may not collect Welfare or having half dozen kids out of Wedlock as the Whoor’s! Sorry you perhaps don’t know definition of Whoor, well it is female that goes around town and having sex with every loose Dog that could be fund around the corner.

    Thanks to our Mentally deficient educated leaders for demising family unions by making morally legal marriage between couples of same sex, then why we are prosecuting people that have sex with “Enamels” Isn’t that same in my opinion it is!!!
    Is that surprise to you it should not be!!!
    ***”Legislators and Supreme Court Explain”***

    • This is why I have NEVER voted and will NEVER vote due to one person say’s this and does another . . . I have worked all my life and to see my tax dollar go to waste, but boy if I ever have to apply for anything or have anything that I have worked hard for I am sure that I would be denied due to “Well you have this and that and it is worth some $$” . . waste of time for everyone and but yep please go break your back so that we the people can give all your hard tax dollar’s to people that get high and sit on their asses 12 months a year . . . But BOY don’t give 25 years in service to or country and can’t offer health care to them service people, end of story.

    • In your tirade it seems you forgot what this post was about… disabled children!!! Maybe you don’t know that fact that 50% of marriages do not survive the aftermath of having a disabled child. This often leaves single parents to raise their disabled children alone when they can’t even leave the home to work due to the high cost of child care for a special needs child. Even if the marriage survives usually one parent must stay home to care for that child.
      The other part of this topic was on parents who died or became disabled and the SSA giving benefits to those children to supplement the income they lost from the deceased or disabled parent.

      I am appalled by your ignorant hate speech. As this is America you are entitled to you public and crude opinion but you may want to ensure your subject matter reflects the topic discussed otherwise you will most likely be dismissed as an ignorant lunatic.

  3. I’m on disability and I got 4 kids that doesn’t get any of my benefits but I got two kids that get disability on the own how do I go about getting them benefits to

    • Go to your local Social security in apply for them. They may even be owed back payments. They should have been getting benefits when you started getting them. Good Luck

      • These benefits aren’t free. They are paid for by Taxpayers money. My husband worked 40 years and paid in a great deal before he died… our daughter was disabled as am I and therefore we qualified to recieve his benefits. This is what we are entitled to because my husband worked hard his entire life and paid a great deal of taxes. Social Security is not a free money handout. You can’t just go in and get a free check because you have kids…If a child is severely disabled they would qualify, like my daughter. But if not, they won’t get money for being children of a disabled parent. It just doesn’t work that way. She may be able to get state aid, SNAP, Help with Rent and utilities, but unless all her kids are disabled she can’t hope for that so called free money you speak of.

  4. The person above is very angry. Still this us the best country to live in. I have a son living in central América trying to get bavk here and that government and the American easy do nothing to make it easy.
    In my opinion you need to go to college at night and maybe need learn English better and how to write articles or get your message to the right people. You need first to control your anger. There are more ways to skin a cat…

  5. These are kids that did not ask to be brought into this world. Say what you want about bad parenting. The kids are the victims of that. Rich or poor !!

    Kids deserve an education, food and shelter, I cannot begrudge them that.

  6. when are we going to get a descent raise it’s reaching a point when you go to the store to buy food the prices are up and getting higher my check doesn’t stretch far entungh into the month to make it especally the months with 5 weeks in them

  7. When will social security decide to cover children living with their grandparents when the grandparents have legal guardianship given by the state?

    Right now the parents have to be dead or the grandparents have to adopt the children. For grandparents on a fixed income and raising the grandchildren it’s hard. The parents are nevery getting back together nor can they get the kids back without a court fight.

    This is a very common issue today but another way the government refuses to keep up with the times and we have carry the burden.

      • Yet parents dont pay, worse in most cases govt does not force or enforce them to. Yet how many people go on advocating that more kids be born into this mess. They have the cart before the horse.

    • William, get with your state health and welfare. A legal guardian is not responsible for financial support in my state, my legal ward qualifies for medicaid, food stamps, day care, and cash assistance. We only need medicaid but it really helps and in an emergency the other options are there. I know this is an old post but it might help others.

      • Bob,
        Do you mind me asking what state you are in? I am in Louisiana, I have only seen where low income qualifies for our program “CCAP” Child Care Assistance Program. I am currently seeking to get guardianship of a child and I am planning on being able to keep his current Medicaid but child care would be great too!
        Thanks!

        • hi erica, if you have guardianship over any child not yours in louisiana you qualify for cash assistance called kinship. it dont matter if your low income or not. childcare medicaid and foodstamps too. go to louisiana cafe. ggogle it for the actual website address. you have to apply ne now. not in office. also medicaid is seperate from rest but can still apply from that web site. they do a phone interview with you so you dont have any office appointments to do. its worth looking into. ggood luck

      • I have a question when a child reaches age 18 and is not in school they lose their benefit but if there are 2 children tdvieving these benefits does the one het both amounts?

    • This is a reply to those comments above who are bitching and moaning and have no idea how well they have it. First, if you have some way to type on a computer, you can’t be hurting that bad. Unfortunately, you are not educated, therefore, you are poor. And since you are not educated you have no idea what you are talking about. There is not one creature on this planet that cannot figure out a way to become educated and succeed. There are just too many in this world who have come from extreme poverty and have become so successful. They used their time to figure out how to get ahead rather than look at those who had already succeeded and bitched because these people were not just giving them money. Why? The idea in life is to become the person anyone can become if they only look for reasons how rather than bitching about why they cant succeed. What is the point of giving money so that this problem continues for generations. I must admit, I had a pretty rough childhood but my husband and I worked hard so our children would have more. Horrible idea. We made it too easy for them and now as adult children, none are successful. We failed our kids. If I had it to do over again….I wouldn’t have been so generous. We finally had to stop bailing them out once we saw what we were doing. We are 68 and 70 years old. I have been very sick bed ridden for 4 yrs and would give anything to be able to work hard again for even one day. My husband works 7 days a week, 12 hr days still because we have gotten in a bad position due to giving and loaning so much money we will never get back. He has so many health problems himself. We never go out. Barely did when raising kids. always lived frugally and should be enjoying and relaxing because when I worked once my children were in school. I worked long hours too. Some from home/some at work-avg 50hrs week or more and taking care of all needs at home. We did all this so our kids would be happy and successful. Because we just gave to them and bailed them out, they are all struggling now and will be at least our age by the time they recover from extra debt they incurred…or they will end up homeless. Keep in mind, my husband the last 20 yrs has averaged $220,000 income each year. So, money can be given away and it adds up very quickly.
      so, don’t for one minute think that people with a lot of money can’t first have something happen themselves that halts their income or all kinds of unexpected things can come up. If you do the math, if all higher education, medicaire for all, free lunches, more food stamps and free programs…it would work for everyone’s taxes to go up, however, the US would end up bankrupt like every other country who has tried socialism. Even those in countries which are motivated, educated and they all like each other…so aren’t all trying to take from each other but rather give to each other are having problems. Socialism always leads to communism in other countries. BTW….can you imagine if everything everything you have, do, say, believe etc. is dictated by the government….we loose our democracy. We go bankrupt. There is so much hate now in this country because so many feel “fuckin” entiteled.
      that is such bullshit. We were all given life and a choice to have eternal happiness and you are complaining.
      I laugh each night as I eat my pb sandwich on gluten free bread because I am too sick to take care of myself and can’t afford to pay anyone. My kids are too busy trying to pay their own debts…certainly not paying back loans to us. Any of you who complained need to be educated. Education has so much power. I know now. I’ve had to educate myself the hard way. Maybe think of one thing to be thankful for.

  8. The Government can not cure all that ails us. But, I am glad that the safety net of Social Security is there for those who might need it.

    We need to think properly about benefits and entitlements.

    It is upon the Citizen to try to work and provide for our families during our lifetime. It is the Citizen’s work history that creates the level of benefits to which you are entitled. Calculations and formulas go into the charts that determine your benefits. Many believe that something is better than nothing. Fact is, most of the supplemental food programs are based on $1.40 per meal per person and families will run out of grocery dollars by week 3 of each month.

    Our Nation’s children are our future, they deserve our protection, and basic needs to grow into the adult Citizens of our future. It matters not their origins. What matters is our sense of empathy, understanding and actions solving their needs. Not all Parents do a great job. Not all Parents are given the time to complete their job raising these Children. I want to help, to feed, to house, to clothe, to educate, to help them become our future leaders.

    I do not feel like you are taking something away from me when you help a child.

    This is not the place for ranting selfishly. If you are distressed, then do go to your local State HHS, Community Based Services or the nearest Social Security Office to see what is available to you personally. Then get off your arm chair and start going to local City and County, counsels and commissions, attend political meetings and become a force for the future directions of this Country.

    Please use this SSA blog to learn what is available to everyone. Spread the word among family and friends to help them through hard times.

    Again, I am glad Social Security is there to help all people during unexpected hard times.

    • Great comment! Social Security doesn’t have to exist. Financial security is each of our own responsibility. The “safety net” that Social Security offers is a great benefit and so much better than nothing…

    • Yet parents dont pay, worse in most cases govt does not force or enforce them to. Yet how many people go on advocating that more kids be born into this mess. They have the cart before the horse.

  9. To whom it may concern,
    I have tried to register multiple times and the system never recognize the information I’m providing. The information is correct.
    I need assistance on this matter.
    Thanks.

    • Hello Wanda. If you are having difficulties with your personal my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Sometimes, it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance.

  10. It makes sense to me that if I, an income earning and tax paying member of society, become disabled, that SS has a program that would provide assistance to me if I become disabled. It seems strange, however, that SS provides disability payments in the name of children, who presumably earn no income nor pay any taxes. It would seem to me that any payments to the household in the name of the unfortunate child should be provide through insurance, and that most preferably, that insurance would be optional, private, and paid for by the parent. I see no interest here in the state providing payments to households in the name of disabled children.

    • The payments to disabled children (SSI) are minimal and there are strict guidelines in receiving them. These same benefits are an alternative to self employed persons who never paid in to social security or those whose disability benefit time limit has run out. You may have worked all your life but if you wait over 5 years from the time you stop working to apply for benefits you’re out of luck and will only get SSI. Likewise if you are a working parent of a child who becomes disabled you may not be able to work any longer, may not be entitled to insurance payments on a disability, may have out of pocket medical expenses that are so high you have to choose between housing and food or taking care of your child. Please don’t judge others until you’ve walked in their shoes.

      • I repeat: I see no interest here in the state providing payments to households in the name of disabled children.

        Insure your children yourself, like me, or don’t have any.

        • Private Insurance from work or otherwise doesn’t cover all that is needed for diabled children, and all your income ends up on what is needed for this child, nothing left for home or rent, griceries ect. The amout given is determined by the parents income, believe me not all get money but they do get help with medical needs and supplies. Do you think your income could cover wheel chairs, beds, physical therapy, on and on and still provide for the other children you have. What if your child had cancer,MS, CP, Cysticphibrosis, on and on many many terrible things. Could you cover child care for this disabled child so both parents can work. Not all make enough as it is. So, YES, money or any other type of help, these children are entitled.

        • Aren’t we a bit too angry, here? Particularly, over something’s for which their’s are these things sorts. And as though it’s something’s so much and as being significant as points is their’s as a matter. Think about how it should even elicit a responsiveness of reactionary disconcertingly consternations? For this but it’s worthy, to even having their’s for holding onto such things. As for a usefulness so necessary, to beginning with, anyways?

          Actually, this is an ‘insurance’ program! One for which their’s is are we all paying into. And our employers contributing, to the fullest and it’s equally as their’s to matching our own contributions. And, moreover, ones very own individual and Social Security Retirement benefits payments are their’s and being made into this system.

          The Social Security Administration chose wisely, thanks to both the U.S. Congress, and former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s his own wisdom, for instituting such a compassionate insightfulness. For, Social Security provides services to families with invaluable benefits, whenever the severe storms of life’s unexpectedness comes upon us, or our fellow citizens. And from outside of those things and life’s usualness are norms and knowns. And but rather becomes, instead, is for certainty the unknowns. And always, the seemingly arriving from right out of the blue and upon us!

          I’m personally very thankful, both as a retired Medical Practitioner and Pulmonologist Intensivist, equally to be a their’s of the well, for these very disability benefits I am presently receiving, myself. For, I too became one of ‘those’ as well! Oneself, the whomever, just likened are their’s and so many of us are otherwise as being the having had, to becoming reliant upon SSDI (or, SSD), just like myself!

          • I am a 42 year old widow with 3 children to continue to raise and support sine the passing of my husband 6 months ago. My children qualify for SS and will collect from their fathers SS account until they graduate from high school. My husband worked for 30 years and paid into SS. Unfortunately he is never going to reap the benefit of retiring and collecting his SS himself as he is deceased. But SS has allowed me to be home for my children now. I am able to be available for my children 24/7 because of their SS income from their father. We paid into SS for a long time. We both worked our butts off and paid into SS. So those of you who think children should not receive it, think of the individuals who HAVE paid into the SS system and have families that need this when something as devastating as losing a husband and father occurs. 30 years of paying into the system ENTITLES my children the benefit of their mother to be here for them when they need me to be. Shame on those of you that suggest we pay into insurance out of pocket to support our children under devastating circumstances. I know even If I worked I could not afford to take care of my children as they need to be. SS is set up for such life changing events. Think about that.

  11. Social Security is not a retirement plan. It is however a great safety net for persons no longer able to work. It has been the sole source of income for millions of elderly Americans who have worked all their lives, many of whom served their country in one manner or another. The USA is one of the richest countries in the world and can afford to take care of its citizens in need. The bulk of complaints about the program are from people who are single minded, arrogant, and greedy.

    • Social Security is a retirement plan and is different than Social Security Disability . I collect a check every month because I am 68 and have paid into the program for over 50 years. My granddaughter gets a check since her fathers accident 15 years ago which left him mentally around 6 years old. She gets only 25.00 since the bulk goes to take care of him. So if you think the kids shouldn’t get anything shame on you. The checks stop when she turns 18.

  12. I’ve struggled with an injury since 2004, and I am currently going to a Hearing for pensions with the SSA. I loved to hear that my daughter could get help as well. Only because its hard for a single parent with a disability. And it would make her feel more reluctant and approachable to my situation.

  13. Mr. Jim Borland: The rude, vulgar, nasty, demeaning & offensive post put on by “tony seput on May 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm” (second comment above) should be removed please.

  14. I was denied on my disability…last year. I am currently receiving my pension that I have worked for over 40 years.
    I have met countless veterans that have been denied on their disability. Yet!!! The immigrants that just stepped in the used to be good old USA are receiving and enjoying my contribution and millions of veterans. I say this is absolutely BS!

  15. To whom it may concern.
    My question is if a child living with grand parents and collecting social security from grand father, because the parents a banded child and grand father passed away. The grand mother Adolph child and raised child on her own. Will child lose social security when she turns 18? or if she continu to collect, if she stays in collage to get her education can she stay on social security?
    Thank you Betty

    • Thank you for your question Betty. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. At one time, SSA did pay benefits to college students, but the law changed in 1981. We now pay benefits only to students taking courses at grade 12 or below. We hope this information helps.

    • Hi Nicole, benefits issued through our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse’s, children’s or survivors benefits payable. In the other hand, benefits issued through our Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, in certain circumstances- are also payable to other family members, including children. Visit our “Disability Planner: Benefits for your children” page for more information. For further assistance call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

      • Father gets a check so the child support place say but my child cant get a check and they cant makw him pay child support amd shes foir and je has never done nothing for her …im gwtting Tanf and I have been filed for child support but the father is just now getting a check and they told me they couldnt help me anymore … what can I do so my child can get a check … I was once getting ssi and they cut it off wjwn I graduated and I appealed it and had a lawyer but she gave up on me so what do I do next

        • I’m in familiar situation, my ex is 18000 in the negative in support payments, he’s just started getting a disability check and they are withholding support payment and a
          payment towards the pastdue ,leaving him 230.00 a month, I feel its unfair to expect him to live on that a month besides ss determined,him disabled as of 2013 ,how was that past due determined if he’s been disabled and no longer working?

  16. When the child turns 18 and no longer gets benefits, does the amount the child was receiving go back to the disabled parent?

    • Thank you for your question Denise. No, the disabled beneficary’s benefit amount does not change. Workers receive Social Security retirement and disability benefits based on their covered earnings. We first establish the worker’s benefit amount and then pay benefits to certain members of the worker’s family.

  17. I dont think its fair for a father who getting ssi dont have to pay for his kids… Theres mothers out here doin what they have to do just to get by No child support or nothing they should make them pay something for there kids this government is really fucked up

  18. The major cpa firms that have had to chase after
    a senator that took military homes has not even
    been prosecuted and our employers won’t give us ourown credit cards and they give to persons of their
    community who are taking our cash and the
    money of out working colleagues and the companies
    are not paying their liabilties and the SSA is not
    paying professional people and continue to use the
    poor to hurt professional people-left ambulance driver
    on the street and refused to fund another one.

  19. I just have hopefully an easy question. I have a son and his father died before he was born, and we receive SS benefits for him that we use for him, and place some aside for him later in life… however I am in a relationship now with a man who is his “father”, (all my son has ever known) and I want to give him legal custody of my son.. can I do this without myself losing custody, or losing his SS benefit?

  20. Question? My husband passed away in November 2016. My 3 children receive SS survivor benefits monthly which maxes out the total benefit. I receive nothing from SS. I found out today that my children no longer qualify for food assistance because we are not considered over income. I wasn’t aware that a minors income from SS is considered when it comes to food and Medicaid benefits. Can someone please explain? The checks are not in my name they are in my minor children names. listing myself as guardian.
    Thank you.

  21. It is not fair that I am the LEGAL GUARDIAN of my granddaughter and I cannot get benefits for her because SSA doesn’t recognize this – even though every other fed/local agency does plus insurance companies. Why not?? The brochures infer that I can, but in reality, if my granddaughters parents are alive and incarcerated, I cannot – if I haven’t adopted her, I cannot – people need to know this because millions of people take legal custody and so there is an assumption that, as raising that child as their own LEGALLY, would get benefits. I am disabled due to stage 1V cancer, my husband died in 2015 – we were/I am legal guardian and have been since 2007 but can’t get benefits for my granddaughter – If I die from cancer – she is really out of options – how can this be? At this rate, my husband and I, who paid all our lives will have no option to get our own benefits or pass on to any qualified survivors – how can this be?

    • Thank you for your comment Kathy. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. In addition to providing for more than 50% of their support (as you may be doing now), the biological parents of the children must be deceased or disabled, or you must have legally adopted them. However, you have the right to file an application for benefits for your grandchildren and receive an official denial of your claim from Social Security, which will provide you appeals rights, if in case you wish to seek legal advice to verify our decision. For more information or to make an appointment, please call our 1-800-772-1213 toll free number. Representatives are available Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

      • I have had legal custody of my two grandchildren for 7 years and am finally in the process of adopting them but it will be months, I have asked several times to have them on my disability to no avail, but their mother is on disability so wouldn’t that qualify??

  22. how can retired legal, custodial guardians of a minor child (not kin) lobby for Child Benefits for the child until the child is 19 or no longer in high school? I am the guardian of my daughter (16 yo) and her sole support but cannot receive Child Benefits because I cannot adopt her, I am not her step-parent, and am not her biological parent. My daughter and I need to money and should be entitled to it except for a ridiculous technicality because of the title “guardian.” Thanks

    • Go through your state’s health and welfare. You can apply for benefits on your ward’s behalf and possibly get subsidized payments as well.

  23. If children are eligible for social security benefits and they are in school out of the country can they still receive the benefit?

  24. Our nephew is going blind and prior to going into foster care, received SS benefits -I presume through SSI 9both parents are still alive). We’re likely going to become his legal guardians. Would his SSI eligibility/payments be dependent on how much we made? Or would he not be eligible for payments under legal guardianship?

    • Thank you for your question Nicole. For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries, we generally consider their living arrangements as another factor used to determine how much SSI they can get. Also, any food or shelter they get from someone else may reduce their SSI benefit. Please visit our “Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Home Page” for more information. The rules for SSI can be complicated and vary depending on the situation. We recommend that you contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  25. Im on disability in IL due to an injury at work. Ive been on disability since 2013. I have 3 children 1 who is now 18 but was under 18 at the time I started receiving disability. The other 2 whom are 4 and 1 and live with me. I have been told numerous times that I cannot receive benefits for them. I am also married and have been told she cant even get spousal benefits so why is this? They tell me its bc I have too much income but tell me how $1218 a month is too much with 4 people in the household?

    • Hi Andrew. Generally, when you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, your children may also qualify to receive benefits on your record. However, we must first establish and pay benefits to you, the insured individual. However, keep in mind that there is a limit to the amount we can pay on your record. We probably need additional information to provide a reasonable explanation to your situation. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. One of our agents should be able to provide you with an explanation and answer questions about this matter. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day, or later in the week. Thanks.

  26. My daughter is 17 and we have been receiving survivor benefits for several years due to my husbands death. She is now trying to tell me that the money that we have been receiving should be hers, and not for me to help raise her. She has even mentioned seeking a lawyer. I cannot seem to find a valid answer as to who actually is responsible for the money. Both of our names are on the check and I have been using it to supplement my income to be able to keep our lives afloat. I have just been blind sided by this situation and I just want to know legally is it her money or not?

    • Thank you for your question Christi. The survivor’s benefit you receive is paid to help meet your daughter’s basic needs. You are the assigned representative payee for your daughter’s benefits. We appoint a payee to receive the Social Security benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of his or her benefits. The law requires most minor children to have payees. As a payee, your main duty is to make sure the current needs of the beneficiary (your daughter) are met. You should use benefits for current needs (such as food, clothing, shelter, utilities, dental and medical care, and personal comfort items), or for reasonably foreseeable needs. You must use benefits in the best interests of the beneficiary, according to your best judgment. You can find answers to many questions by visiting our website at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/payee. For further guidance, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or you can contact your local Social Security office directly.

  27. I am on social security I had lost my job 7 years ago and was homeless 10 mos. My oldest daughter is 25 and they still want me to pay child support. my social security is fix income. I have enough to eat , and pay rent that it.

  28. My Son Receives SS because of me,and Yet he has only gotten one raise the whole time he get’s it, can anyone answer me why he doesn’t get one???

  29. I have a question. My parents passed away when I was 6. It’s was a murder suicide, so my moms social security benefits was only given to us when we turn 18. My guardian who is my aunt took the money out with out telling me just befor I turned 18. She’s said she’s sorry but I had a plan for my future with that money. What should I do. She said it was $52,000 that was taken.

    • Hi Savannah! If you suspect misuse of Social Security benefits, report it. We will investigate all allegations of misuse, gather facts and evidence, and make a decision on whether misuse has occurred. Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  30. I have had legal custody of my 2 grandchildren for 7 years, I have been on disability for over 4 and have requested they be put on my disability to no avail, I am now in the process of adopting them but it will be months, I am alone raising them on just my disability. Their mother doesn’t live near us but she is on disability doesn’t that qualify for them to be on mine?

  31. This may be a far reaching question… My father died in a home fire back in the 1950s and my sister and I were 9 and 12 years old. We just found out that our mother never filed for social security benefits for us from my father’s social security …our mother is also deceased .
    Is there a way to go back in time and file for those benefits ?

    • Generally, we allow retroactivity up to six months for survivor’s benefits. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. If you have additional questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  32. If two children are being raised by their grandparents and receive SS due to their father passing, when one turns 18, will the older ones benefits be given to the other child not yet 18? Also, with the younger one working, how much is she able to make without causing changes to her benefits?

    • Hi, Katie. A child under age 18 (19 if still in elementary or secondary school) can receive up to 75 percent of the deceased parent’s primary insured amount. Benefits are subject to a “family maximum”. In this case, the youngest child may get an increase of his/her benefits when the oldest child’s benefits are terminated. In regards to how much survivors may earn while they receive benefits, for 2017, the earnings limit for someone under full retirement age is $16,920. See our Retirement Planner: Getting Benefits While Working for more information. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

    • Hi! You may be getting our programs confused. If the child is disabled and receiving SSI benefits, the child’s benefits may continue, based on their medical condition, income and resources. Our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, is based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person.

      However, if you are referring to benefits paid under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, usually the benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless they are disabled. If the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. For more information, please visit our “Disability Planner: Benefits For Your Children” page at We hope this helps.

  33. my husband was a disability pensioner since 2006,now his turning 65 years old.We apply our only son which is a 9 years of age as his beneficiary.Do the child receive payback since birth?

    • Hi, Chirel. Generally, we allow retroactivity up to six months for auxiliary’s benefits. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. If you have additional questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  34. I have a question. A baby, that is now 17 months old was placed in my home by CPS and now I have kinship guardianship. His mother is in jail and his father died last year at age 24 of a heroin overdose. I receive SSD, I’m a disabled single male. I love Michael ! but I could use additional money. He goes through whole milk like a baby cow. I was told by the lawyer last week that I could apply for death benefits from his dad or maybe even supplemental income from my SSD. I’m confused because I didn’t adopt and his father did not pay into SS. Is Michael entitled to any benefits? We both live on 800.00 a month and my food stamps. Everyone said to become his foster parent but CPS did not give me that option. When I mentioned it I was told Michael would be removed from my home. That it was all a different process. Me and this god-sent little angel are very happy with or without SS but it would be very helpful.

    • Hi, Jess. You are correct, to get benefits, a child must have:
      • A parent who’s disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits; or
      • A parent who died after having worked long enough in a job where they paid Social Security taxes.
      Under certain circumstances, we can pay benefits to a stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, or adopted child. Please read our publication, Benefits for Children, for more information. For your security and the security of others, we do not have access to personal information. We ask that members in our Blog community to work with their local office on specific questions about their case. You can also call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. We hope this helps!

    • The baby should be getting survivor benefits, and you should ask your state about SNAP and so on. WIC will also give you milk and other healthy foods until the baby is 5.

  35. I have a question, my sons father was injured at work and my son receives money through his father’s social security disability. He did not receive his money this month. I cannot get through to ANYONE at the social security contact numbers provided, I can’t even log Into the representative payee online page. It tells me my information is invalid. Who and how do i contact someone to find out what has happened? Usually the 1-800 has an automated system that gives you an option to leave a call back number. I have been calling all day and it has been a busy signal everytime.

  36. My husband receives SSDI and my two children receive benefits totaling 50% of his benefit. My older child will be turning 18 soon. When she turns 18, will the benefit amount for the children automatically reallocate so that the total 50% benefit amount is paid to my son who is aged 12, or are we essentially taking a family pay cut now that she has aged out? I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. Thank you.

    • Hi, Sarah. In this case, the youngest child may get an increase of his benefits when the oldest child’s benefits are terminated. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  37. I have two sons and their father was just arrested and charged with felonies. He has been incarcerated before and likely will be again for 10-15 years. He does not currently receive ssd. Are my sons entitiled to it? How do I apply if so?

  38. I was wondering what is a child. Death benifits from a parent supose to be used for? Can you use the money for your rent and things needed for the kids

  39. I have full custody of my granddaughter….she gets Social Security for disabilities. ( she was born 15weeks early)….her father just passed last week….is she entitled to SSI for his death also since he iant here anyway

  40. My ex and I have 2 children together. I have had custody since they were little. She provided support by paying child care and buying groceries, school clothes, etc. But they haven’t resided with her for about 3 years. Does the fact that they did not reside with her change the amount of survivor benefits they will receive? We were never married and had no formal custody arangement.

  41. If a spouse lived and worked in the USA, with a proper Social Security Number but his children never lived in the USA and are not USA citizens, can the children receive Social Security Survivor Benefits after the death of the parent who lived and worked in the USA. (This question assumes that the deceased parent did pay Social Security during his employment in the USA.)

  42. This ssi kills me… the father of my last two kids one by chance the other by sexual assault…. gets over $700 in ssi every month has not once lived in his own and owes no more than a $50 phone bill each month works under the table to keep his ssi mostly in construction but brags how he doesn’t have to pay child support and can make as many babies as he wants and not be held accountable… yet I struggle daily working my butt off for my 3 kids to have and I am able to get the bare minimum while he spends his “hard earned crazy check” on everything he can and lands himself in jail it’s just a shame!!! My mother is disabled physically can’t walk some days and can’t get help because she isn’t 60 and my dad wasn’t 60 when he passed but my children’s sperm donor can take grate advantage of the system and my kids have to do without

  43. I have had legal custody of grandchild since birth she is 13. I am retired and receive social security . Both parents are non visible. I receive medical insurance for her , Can she be on my account for benefits

    • Hi Mary, thank you for your question. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. In addition to providing for more than 50% of their support as you are doing now, the biological parents of the children must be deceased or disabled, or you must have legally adopted them. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  44. My grandchildren’s father passed February 2017 and my daughter applied for Social Security. All she had gotten from them is a bunch of grief and denials. She gave them everything they asked for . birth certs, social security cards, tax returns, and even a notorized letter from his sister stating they are his babies and they still deny that he is their father. They were together for 10 years and never were apart. Now my grandchildren can not get the benefits that are rightfully theirs. Any help out there will be greatly appreciated. We live in Nevada

  45. I have a question. So I’m moving out of my moms house, and was wondering how I get my ssi check. Since I’m not going to be living with her anymore.

  46. If my father is deceased, and I don’t live with my mother, can I still get the social security benefits without her? I live with my aunt, but she doesn’t have any legal guardianship over me.

    • You may still be eligible to continue receiving your benefits even if you’re living with your aunt. Remember, if you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes. If a representative payee is involved, we may have to change that as well. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  47. I have breast cancer and receive ssi, I also have two daughters ages 10&13. My youngest child’s father is also on disability, I want to know why my children are eligible for benefits.

  48. My 30 year old daughter receive Social Security benefits for disability. She did not make enough income and is receiving her benefits based on my income. She has dependent children. Are those children eligible for Social Security based on my income as well?

    • Thank you for your question, Tress. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. In addition to providing for more than 50% of their support, the biological parents of the children must be deceased or disabled, or you must have legally adopted them. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  49. if you do not stay with the parent who gets disability, does that mean you get cut off you’re check for staying with them?

    • Hello Geraldine. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Unfortunately and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this venue. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation and answer your questions about this matter. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Or visit your local Social Security office for further assistance. Thanks.

  50. I was wondering if a gramd parent raising their grand child can out them on their social security plan without having any papers with the fathers name on it if anyone could answer this question i would be greatful

  51. Hello Mr Borland,
    I need a little help for my grandson Jesse
    About 16 years ago he was receiving SSI for a disability of a type of Autism ,he was about 6 or7
    He was living with his mother (my daughter) at the time.after a divorce from his father
    When he was 10 he went to live with his father and was taken off SSI disability even though he still had the same problem that was never treated
    He is now living with me and his grandmother (who has alzheimer’s) for that past 3 years. Unable to find a job,he plays on his computer all day and night,
    I am trying to find him a job that he can do. I am working with The Washington .State Rehabilitation Agency who can place him on a number 1 priority
    if i can provide records of his disability. I have contacted the agency in
    Puyallup Washington who first gave the diagnosis but their records don’t go back as far as 16 years ago.. Since he was on SSI disability, there must be records of his medical condition. Can you help me located them in order that he may find employment?
    There is an opportunity for him at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard that I have checked about securing his employment.
    Thank you for your help
    Richard C
    Grandfather

    • Thank you for contacting us, Richard. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local Social Security office. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  52. Children’s father died at age 54 unexpectedly. Parents are divorced for years. Children were told at age 11,12 that they are not entitled to any benefits. Reason they say is that Dad owed Social Security. How can they be held responsible or punished for a depth, and put in hardship for a deceased fathers problem with Social Security? This is just not acceptable. Children need a home and secure life.

  53. My daughters dad started recieving ssi disability checks for himself.I k like his other two kids now his children are supposed to get one as well but my question is my daughter isin her last year befor graduating but she is also homeschooled.Will she still be entitled to one as well. thanks

  54. Can children ( who have Social security numbers) receive Social Security benefits if their father ( – who was living with them in the United States and is undocumented )- dies.?? I work as a social worker at a Trauma Hospital in Walnut Creek.

  55. It isn’t clear to me whether a child’s benefits are payable in the circumstance of shared custody stemming from a divorce.

    • Hi John, when you qualify for Social Security (retirement or disability) benefits, your children may also qualify to receive benefits on your record regardless of your civil status.
      You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 if you have specific questions in your situation. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Please read our publication Benefits for Children for more information. We hope this helps!

  56. I am sick and draw SSI, I have full custody of my granddaughters the dads in prison, Mom don’t work or come to see the girls. I don’t know if they is any other help that I could get to help me make it.. I get 735.00 a month and from what i here I can’t even get the earned income credit because I can’t work..please let me know..

  57. My grandaughter has lived with me since she was born. I am currently going through the process of adopting her.I signed up to receive social security in July 2017. Once adoption is completed I was told that I could receive benefits for her. My question is will her benefits retroactive back to when I signed up in July 2017?

    • My Grandaughter has lived with me since her birth. I am currently going through the legal process of adopting her. I signed up for social security in July 2017. I was told once adoption is completed I could receive benefits for her. My question is will her benefits retroactive back to when I signed up in July 2017?

  58. Im on disability and my son grts only 240 a month under me but can he qualify fir his own checks cause last few yrs hes being treated for a few things like he gets meds for adhd and he also has ashma and has hand and speach issues

  59. My kids should have the right too get approved for having too face a monster that damaged them for the rest of there lifes i got denied twice for each kids being sexual assaulted and both have mental issues such as attention deficient disorder suside thoughts and adhd with learning disabilities he takes meds for adhd currwntly in therapy for 1year other kid has sleep disorder and wakes up in nightmares yelling or crying both have speech impairment. Both going too therapy its not right they got dennied i see drugies get ssi and nothings wrong with them they fake it too get approved and my kids have issues that are true facts and i provided tons of paper work i doubt any of these people read thru it pls any help on information how too get approved please msg me mrarojas1988@gmail.com

  60. My son receives benefits, because his father is disabled. I am the payee, how do I get his check direct deposited into his bank account?

    • Hello Caryl. You can start or update direct deposit by contacting your bank, credit union, or savings and loan association. In some cases, the checking or savings account title must show the beneficiary’s ownership of the funds and show you as the financial agent. Keep in mind that the beneficiary must never have direct access to the account. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  61. I want to collect off my ex husbands social security. we were married for 12 years. I am unmarried. How and what do i have to do, to do this? I was told that i could.

    • If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer and unmarried, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record if:
      •You are age 62 or older;
      •Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits; and
      •The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work.
      To apply or to make an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

      What is the eligibility for Social Security spouse’s benefits and my own retirement benefits?

  62. My wife and I have full guardianship of our 15 year old
    grandson as a result of the Father and Mother abandoning him. The Father and Mother are still living, the Mother in Mexico and the Father whose existence is unknown. We have never applied for SSI or SS under the Father’s name or the Mother’s, not knowing whether the Mother has secured enough working years to be eligible. Is there any way we can apply for Soc. Security support for our Grandson?

    • Thank you for your question. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. Generally, the biological parents of the child must be deceased or disabled, or the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  63. I have a situation where the father of my 11 year old child (he is married to another woman), even though he was eligible for Social Securty five years ago at the age of 62, refuses to apply for benefit because he absolutely refuses to put any money into my hands to raise his child. He refused to sign paternity papers, and manipulated/threatened me for over a decade not to go to the courts or ‘I will not like what I will find’. So I have two children to provide for on my income alone, food, shelter, childcare, medical, everything… thusly a decade slipped from me before I finally stopped and realized the man is living a life as if he has no child! His family has a lot of money so naturally, I feared he would hire big time lawyers to take my son from me. I finally kicked him to the curb and petitioned for child support and in the interim, exposed his affair to his family. When the judge adjudicated him to be the father via imposed DNA testing, and gave me the father’s SS number to go to the SS Administration to try to obtain benefits for my son, SS Administration told me the father has to fiist apply for benefit. So children have to go hungry and homeless and their future unstable because the government wants to protect these scrupulous older parents? What the heck?

  64. My husband and I have legal guardianship of 5 grandkids under the age of 17. I am now recieving Social Security benefits. Do they qualify as dependents to recieve any benefit from my Social Security ?
    Thank you .
    Lind Darr

    • Thank you for your question Linda. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. Generally, the biological parents of the child must be deceased or disabled, or the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  65. I am administrator for a child receiving disability.
    He did not receive a payment in February. His name is
    Ricardo Nino, El Dorado, Arkansas. An account was opened at First Financial Bank in El Dorado on his behalf. I sent the paper in that showed the account. Please check. The bank received no deposit from Social Security in February.
    Thank you in advance….

    • Hello Nancy. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you with this matter. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  66. I need help,
    My daughter receives SSA payments because she is a minor and I am a retired worker.
    I can find nothing related to do I need to file a yearly report for her (I see info.. on SSI and SSD, but not on SSA).
    2. Do I need to keep her payments in a separate account or may I put it into one of my accounts? May I keep some of it in “cash”?

    • Thank you for your question, Robert.
      Each year, Social Security will ask you to complete a form to account for the benefits you’ve received for your daughter. You may access the payee form online after you receive the paper form in the mail. Because you need to enter information from the paper form online, you cannot access the online form until you receive the form in the mail.
      Generally, we recommend that as a representative payee you establish a checking or savings account with a tittle that shows the beneficiary’s ownership of the funds and show you as the financial agent. For example: “(Your name), representative payee for (beneficiary’s name).” There is an exception for parents and spouses who are representative payees. A common checking account for all family members living in the same household who receive benefits may show a parent or spouse as the owner of the account. Children’s savings, however, must be in separate savings accounts for each child, showing the child as the account owner.
      Our publication: A Guide for Representative Payees, provides more information on this topic. We hope this information helps!

  67. Good afternoon,
    I am following up because my daughter use to get child support until her father became ill and will not be returning to work probably for a couple of years. I believe his mother filed for SSI for him and they said that m daughter hi will be turning 12 this month should be getting it as well, but his family did not ask me for any information. I wanted to see if you can guide me in the right direction. he has been in the hospital for over a month so far, i did contact child support here in NJ to make them aware why he has not been able to pay, If you can guide me, i would appreciate it.

    Thank you,

    • Thank you for contacting us, Bethany. If the father qualifies for Disability Benefits, your daughter also may qualify for benefits on his record. See our publication: Benefits for Children for more information.
      To see if your daughter is eligible for benefits and to schedule an appointment with the local Social Security office, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week.

  68. I am the foster parent of my great nephew, his father was killed and he was receiving a Social Security Check, once his grandmother died and his mother has a criminal record the check was stopped. How can I find out more information about this?

    • Thank you for your question, Elva. Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. Also, if under age 18, we -generally- send payments to a representative payee.
      One of our agents should provide better guidance. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or you and your great-nephew can contact the local Social Security office directly.

  69. Question. My son received disability from about 2010-2012. I was a single mother working for the government. He has asthma and an IEP. Well, in early 2012 I was told they had paid too much so I wouldn’t get anymore payments. I called to make sure I didn’t have to send money, and the lady said not that it would probably even out. Fast forward to 2017. My son’s doc office had called about a bill and they noticed where it said he was eligible for Medicaid and wondered why I didn’t use it. I never knew! They looked further into for me, and found out since he was no longer getting disability, he was ineligible.

    2018 I get a call from a Loan Officer regarding a home loan she asked who got disability. That reminded me of the situation for my son. She told me I should check into it. I called SSA. The lady asked when was the last time I had contacted them. I said probably 2012. She said we were sending letters to you asking for an updated address and banking information. I said, oh I moved and never got it. She said well, the payments stopped because you didn’t reply to the letters. She asked for an updated address and I asked if there was money owed to me. She said let me look, but she never answered and said that my son would need to reapply and I would have to get all the paperwork from the docs and schools. I asked how applied, and she said she was doing it for me.

    My question is, does this mean there is possibly money owed to me? Did she avoid my question about money owed to me, because she isn’t allowed to answer that over the phone? Does anyone know?

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation.
      If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  70. I have some one whose husband is receiving social security disability and will be turning 65 this summer, they have a 10 year old son who is receiving monies off of his father’s disability. When age 65 is reached will the monies for the child stop. Thanks for your help

    • Thank you for your question. Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. We hope this information helps!

  71. My son’s mother is disabled. Is there a check that he is supposed to receive due to this. If so how do I apply for it.

  72. My children recieve pay off of their father’s disability, but the problem we are having is that, they arent even getting half of what he makes…arent they supposed to recieve half of it? We dont understand. We had to fight to get it started.

    • Hi Judy. Workers receive Social Security retirement and disability benefits based on their covered earnings. Members of their families may also qualify for benefits based on those earnings. However, there is a limit to the amount we can pay each family member.
      Benefits for family members have always been limited by the family maximum rules. The maximum family benefit is the maximum monthly amount that can be paid on a worker’s earnings record. We hope this information helps!

  73. Hi me and my boy friend both get ssi i have a speck problem and he has ms l and I have a daughter that is in high school she has a small learn disbilty will she get a sis to cuz we are on sis

    • Hi Rebecca. If you are referring to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, we make a determination on each individual case. Benefits issued through our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, are based on the needs of the individual and are only paid to the qualifying person. There are no spouse’s, children’s or survivors benefits payable. Only children who are disabled may be eligible for SSI benefits.

  74. How does someone collect their court ordered child support on the parent who is receiving benefits?? The court ordered this to be deducted from the parent’s ssi and ssd benefits but has never been done.

  75. My wife & I are retired and drawing Social Security. We have just adopted our 2 grandsons ages 7 & 13. What brochure explains this, and where can we get further information about applying for their benefits?

    • Social Security will pay benefits to grandchildren when the grandparent retires, if certain conditions are met. Generally, the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.
      To make an appointment with your local office, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 as soon as possible. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. An appointment is not required but it will establish “protective filing” and prevent loss of benefits. Thanks!

  76. What do I need to do, my daughter lost custody of my grandchildren who were receiving Social security benefits for them. My husband and I have custody of them now. How do we stop payments to my daughter and switch the payments to us.

    • Thank you for contacting us, Nancy. You or your husband need to apply to become the children’s Representative Payee as soon as possible. A face-to-face interview with a Social Security representative is required and you will have to visit your local office. Please bring the custody documents and proper identification.
      For more information, read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees.
      If you have specific questions, or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  77. How do I find out if my ex spouse is getting SS benefits and claiming our child as a dependent and claiming benefits on her?

  78. I sent my birth certificate in to the SS office at the death of my father and never received it back.My dad was Raymond E Stewart Jr. his ss # is *** – ** – ***

  79. My son turns 18 on May 12th and he’s still in high school and doesn’t graduate until June 2nd. Will I receive a payment in june for May, a payment in may for April and possibly a payment in July for June since he grauduates in June?

    • Hello Qiana. Normally, benefits for children stop -automatically- when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits can continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first.
      Certification that he is in school at age 18 is required. Your son will need to complete page 2 of Form SSA-1372-BK, Student’s Statement Regarding School Attendance; have a school official certify on page 3 the information he provides; leave pages 4 and 5, Notice of Cessation of Full-Time School Attendance, with the school official; and return the completed and certified pages 2 and 3 to the local Social Security office as soon as possible.
      If you need further assistance, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local office directly.

  80. My Daughter is get social security because my husband Retired Military and she’s 17 years old right now and she about to turn 18 years old on May 24 so will she still get her money On May 8, 2018 or will it stop

  81. Does anyone know if my child, who gets survivor benefits because her dad passed last year can get married? She is and will be a full time student too, but her fiance is in the military and they just had a baby, so they are considering it and we are weighing all the options. Any help is appreciated!

    • Thank you for your question, Andrea. Generally, benefits for children under age 18 or students ages 18 or 19 will end when they marry.

  82. If a parent signs their parental rights away and dies a couple years later; is the child eligible for survivor benifits still?

    • Hi Crystal. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can answer in this forum. Please call 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Thanks!

  83. i am trying to find the calculator to determine how much my nephew, will receive from his deceased father.
    Joshua T Tolliver born 6~3~88 to 10~24~17
    *** – ** – *** thank you

    • Hello Jennifer, the survivors benefit amount would be based on the earnings of the person who died. The more they paid into Social Security, the higher the benefit amount would be. The monthly amount you would get is a percentage of the deceased’s basic Social Security benefit. See more in the “Survivors Benefit Amount” section of our Benefit Planner for Survivors web page. Thanks!

    • Hello Leon. Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first.
      Also, we generally pay benefits to the adult- Representative payee of the child, up until the child turns 18.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  84. Question for everyone – I’m a social worker at a high school. I am working with a student whose dad receives SS benefits because her mother is deceased. She is looking for a summer job. Does her employment effect the amount of SS her father gets? He is worried about loosing the support while she is still in high school.

  85. “If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal.” – Katherine Hepburn

  86. I receive my dad’s survivors benefits and I was suppose to graduate on May 25th 2018. But I did not earn enough credits so I have to go back and earn those credits. What do I need to do in order to receive extended benefits? I have a letter from New London High School explaining that information.
    If you could please let me know what steps I need to take. Thank you!

  87. IF A CHILD IS GETTING SOC SEC BENEFITS FROM A DECEASED PARENT CAN THEY STILL DRAW IF THEY QUIT SCHOOL?

    • Hello Jo Ann. In general benefits stop when the child reaches age 18 (unless the child is a student or disabled). Please read our publication “Benefits for Children” for more information.

    • Hi Jennifer, when you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, your children may also qualify to receive benefits on your record.
      For further assistant, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply. Thanks!

  88. hi like to ask , my son has autism since birth , and never apply for any type of benefits, he is a us citizen born abroad, and still residing in the philippine, like to ask if he can get some type of benefits from social security from our philippines embassy

    • Thank you for your question, Philippe. Children can be eligible for Social Security benefits when one or both of their parents are disabled, retired, or deceased. Benefits stop when your child reaches age 18 unless your child is a student or disabled. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to adults who have a disability that began before they became 22-years-old. We consider this benefit as a “child’s” benefit because it’s paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.
      Children younger than age 18 who have disabilities and are U.S. citizen, residing in one of the fifty states, District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Island may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. embassy in their area, for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits.
      Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad. We hope this information helps!

  89. If I am still paying 100% of my child’s expenses and he still lives with me, why is he the only one receiving benefits? These Social Security benefits are to help me make sure he lives the lifestyle he is accustomed to when his dad was alive. If this is taken from me, he will not live the same life style, plus you are now putting $1600 a month into the hands of a teenager…ARE you nuts? it needs to be managed by an adult. Social Security administration must relook at their rules and regulations and rewrite them to reflect the ideas of today. Giving money to children today opens doors that we should not be opening.

  90. MY GRANDSON JOSEPH ALEXANDER AND HIS FATHER KENNETH ALEXANDER RECIEVE A DEATH BENEFIT FROM MY GRANDSON’S DECEASED MOTHER CATHEY LYNN LARSEN HE WILL BE 18 ON OCTOBER 3 2018 AND WANTS HIS FATHER OFF HIS DEATH BENEFITS FROM HIS MOTHER.. HE IS IN SCHOOL AND PLANS ON GOING TO COLLEGE WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO DO TO GET HIS OWN BENEFITS AND WHAT IS THE AGE THAT THESE BENEFITS END FOR HIM ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL. HE WILL BE OPENING HIS OWN BANK ACCOUNT CAN HE HAVE HIS DECEASED MOTHERS CHECK COME TO HIS ACCOUNT AND WHEN SHOULD HE TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT CHANGING HIS STATUS OF HIS BENEFITS THANKYOU IF NEEDED I WILL SUBMIT THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY #’S

    • Thank you for contacting us Barbara. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. If the child continues to attend school he/she must notify us at least three months before his/her 18th birthday. The child must complete a statement of attendance, certified by a school official.
      Generally, if the beneficiary is under age 18, we pay benefits to a representative payee.
      We start paying benefits directly to the beneficiary when he or she turns age 18.
      Your grandson can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, should he need further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      We hope this information helps!

    • Thank you for contacting us, Darvin. You will have to contact your local Social Security office. A face-to-face interview is required to select and approve a new representative payee. Generally, we look for family or friends to serve as representative payees. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees.
      Please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives if you need further assistance. Thanks!

  91. I think it was ssi my son was getting but it stopped. I dont know why i even sent them everything they needed to keep my son on. My hours at work have been cut and its been a little harder for us. We were getting $400 i cant remember the exact amount but it helped us so much with our son. I want to re apply but i dont know how. he had it since he was born untill 2 years ago. He was born early (27weeks) and hes almost 4 and hes still a special needs kid. Is there a way i can re apply for this

    • Hello Jess. Based on the information you provided, you will have to re-apply for your son’s SSI benefits.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Or contact your local office directly.
      Thanks.

  92. I would like to know if my child’s application to receive my deceased spouses social security was excepted?

  93. I am having difficulties or do not know how to apply for benefit for my son living in Haiti, I was told by the Nyack social security office to apply at the ambassy in Haiti, but there they told me they no longer doing that

  94. I receive benefits (just approved) I have sole legal custody of 2 grandsons and have had them almost 7 yrs are they entitled to benefits also ?

    • Hello James. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. In addition to providing for more than 50% of their support as you may be doing now, the biological parents of the children must be deceased or disabled, or you must have legally adopted them.
      See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  95. Is it wrong of me to want to be a father and husband someday even though I’m disabled? I really want to be a dad but I don’t want to start something I cant afford. it just seems unfair to me that I cant give a child a life of wealth and quality, but I would raise him or her right. my kid would suffer under money restrictions as I cant work and anyone who would marry me would probably also be disabled and poor. If I meet a rich woman it wouldn’t be so much an issue, but it is what it is. I would make a good dad I helped raise kids from my teen years and live in a small town so the issues would be things like medical insurance school cost clothes and accessories so they would fit in and the normal spending. it just seems like I’m being dead weight treated and my condition is keeping me from the American dream. I just want to be a dad since I would be good at it since I cant be a worker I have time to teach and care take but the issue is that my kid may have a hard life I just really was wondering if it is ok for me to be a dad and if theres a good gov. book or websites you could recommend about the cost of living and the future economy for disabled poor Americans that want to not be a problem but still kinda think they should have the right to continue there family. I am the last of my last name in my bloodline that’s male and I really want to continue my lineage and last name together. also would it be wrong of me as a good parental figure in wanting to be a dad to just be a single parent with good family support just not financially? is the economy ok projected living standards getting better, or is it selfish and stupid of me to want to start a family? just curious if America would be there for my kid even though I’m poor and disabled ?

  96. Hello. I receive Social Security Benefits for retirement. I have just completed an adoption process for three of my grandchildren. I now have there updated birth-certificates. We live in Costa Rica. How do I get Social Security numbers for them?

  97. My granddaughter is 18 years old and attending college. Of course, the Social Security Administration is not obliged to notify or outwardly give the information that a dependent can make a claim.When she was born her absent father never mentioned he was getting SSD. Can my granddaughter claim at least some retroactive benefits?
    Thank you.

  98. How is it proved to social security that the parent who is raising the disabled child does not receive the benefits, rather, the absent parent does?

    • Hello Diane. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  99. If the deceased parent was a stay at home and did not work, are the children not entitled to social security? This is sad because now the father has to pay for child care and is struggling. This is a situation in my family, can you please send me any info that may be of help to them.

    • Hello Deonne. Credits are the “building blocks” we use to find out whether you have the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefit.
      The number of credits needed for family members to be eligible for survivors benefits depends on your age when you die. Under a special rule, we can pay benefits to your children and your spouse who is caring for your children even if your record doesn’t have the number of credits needed. They can get benefits if you have credits for one and one-half year’s work (6 credits) in the three years just before your death.
      You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents for specifics in your situation. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time when you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  100. It’s good that children will have their benefits even thou they’re still a kid. This is just to ensure that they have a good health and they are properly taken cared of by our medical teams. Thanks for sharing this info!

  101. Hi. I am looking for answers regarding what happens when a divorced, custodial parent of a child recieving SSI becomes disabled? Specifically if the parents disability is so severe that they may no longer be able to take care of the child and may need to turn custody over to other parent.

  102. I am curious as to why it takes so long to get a Federal Court date set for a child. it has been two years since the attorney has been trying to get a Court Date. It has been seven years since the original claim was filed. I am asking for my eight year old great granddaughter who has
    been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I have been told that Randall Forbes is the only attorney that handles children

    • Hello Mable. The length of time it takes to get a hearing can vary from state to state. We attempt to resolve all claims promptly, but there may be delays due to the volume of pending appeals in your area. The good news is that we are trying to conduct many of our hearings through video teleconferencing (VTC) to speed up the process.
      Visit our “Hearing And Appeals” web page for more information, and continue working with your attorney and local hearing office on specific questions about your case. Thanks!

  103. If a child that is receiving SSA, and they live with their real mom and step-dad… if the mom passes away is the step-dad entitled to receive the SSA benefits on behalf of the children?

    • Hello Cathy. We generally appoint a suitable representative payee who can manage the payments on behalf of a minor child. In most cases, we select an adult-relative living in the same household to be the representative payee. When friends or family are not able to serve as payees, Social Security looks for qualified organizations to be representative payees.
      Please read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees. If you have specific questions, please call 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Thanks!

  104. Can children of incarcerated parents receive social security benefits? Father had custody,. Mother is in drug rehab and grandparents are raising 11 year old boy

  105. If I take custody of my granddaughter will I receive a check for her? I am on social security disability not ssI

    • Thank you for your question, Sandra. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. Generally, the biological parents of the child must be deceased or disabled, or the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.

  106. i need a copy of my daughters benefit letter. how do i go about getting that? The website says I cannot set her up a “my social security” account and she cant because she is not 18. Her name is Megan D. ss# ending in 6445 and mine ends in 1701. If I could get a copy emailed to me or instructions on how to get a copy I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Michelle O .

    • im sorry. I thought i was emailing a question. could you please delete. Im in panic mode trying to find out how to get in deleted. Thank you

    • Hello Michelle. We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and request a benefit verification letter be mailed to you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week.
      Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks!

  107. My sister passed away on 04/01/2018. My nephew resides in Two Rivers WI and I reside in Milwaukee. How can I help my nephew get benefits? My sister was married and her wife is a felon, her wife is trying to find someone to apply for his benefits but my nephew will never see the money? What can I do? I do not know his SSN? Any suggests on where I can start?

  108. I’m 72 on SSI as I my Grandson lives with me can I put him on with me. SSI HIS BEEN WITH ME I HAVE POWER OF attorney

    • Thank you for using our blog, William. When a parent gets Social Security retirement benefits or disability benefits, his or her child also may get benefits. Children also can get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

  109. I need to change the direct deposit for my granddaughter. I was trying to figure out how to post everything online but it says to set up the account you have to be 18. So I am not able to see her info or change the bank info online? Do I have to take off of work again? Please advise.

  110. I am a non custodial (target of parental alienation) divorced, disabled, parent of standing. My ex, the child’s mom, had been rep payee, and, now, as of the child’s 18th birthday, is “refusing” to allow for the last 10 months the child remains eligible, being a) still in high school, to my knowledge (the mom hides all info), and b) if, “allowed” to “keep” the check coming, as, “my” dependent, as, I read it, per the criteria SSDI states, for the best interests of the child to be served. Instead, the mom, upon my letting the child and school know, that, FERPA and TEC (tx fam code ch. 26), not withstanding, my child should not lose funds.

    As to this, denial of info and funds, are, along with the mom’s apparent “insisting” on “claiming” the child for her selfish “tax dependent” status/scheme to hide all info per the alienation, I’ve been to local SS office out of state where I live, and, they had no interest in trying to redeem the status, or, investigating, a matter that is defrauding my child, of direct, continued/re-instatement, of $10,000 the child is entitled to, as I understand current facts, up through June 2019. The 800# and local office fail me, and child here. Help?!

  111. We adopted two children and will be adopting a third in November we are wondering if we died would these children receive any benefits, what if one of us dies and one is left will the other parent receive the social security from the other ones social security. How does that all work I heard we could collect the larger amount but would the adopted children get a benefit too or not?

  112. I have a permanent disability. The disability is Multiple Sclerosis, MS. This pesky disease has caused me to close my business and to discontinue my occupation.

    I have a 14 year old dependent and I was curious about any possible benefits he may receive? He is a natural child of me and my wife.

    Could you please explain the way I would need to go to inquire about possible benefits? Thank you! Doug

  113. Hi there

    I was wondering my daughter gets social security through her dads. He passed away a month ago. My mom leaves in Brazil and might help me to care for my 10 year old daughter. Now I’m citizen and will receive survivor benefits for my daughter care as well. If I take my daughter to Brazil to be with my mom will social security pay my mom the cost of taking care of my daughter?

    • We are sorry for your loss, Stela. Generally, a widow can start receiving survivors benefits as early as age 60. You can receive survivors benefits (at any age), if you have not remarried and you take care of the deceased worker’s child who is under age 16.
      In this situation, your mother does not qualify to receive Social Security benefits for taking care of your daughter.
      Remember, if you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your (and your daughter’s) eligibility for benefits. Changes you need to report range from a change of address to traveling outside the United States.
      Our publication “Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States” explains how being outside the United States may affect your (your daughter’s) Social Security payments. It also tells you what information you need to report to us, and how to report it.
      You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  114. I Sherri Knoke know what I receive each month for disability! That made my son Devin Michael Knoke eligible! I need to find out what he receives each month??? That information is being withheld from me!!!

  115. I am writing to you to respond to the letter you sent to me about children’s benefits for a child under 18 when their father dies. My daughter Ashley Hunter was 17 in 2004 when her father died in 2004. She was approved for benefits and only received one check in September 2004. Because my roommates moved out on me I had to move. At that time I changed my address but heard nothing from you all. She was not 18 until May 10 2005. She never received any more benefits after September 2004. Therefore she is entitled benefits for October 2004 to May 2005. Because she was 17 the checks were written out to me in her behalf. We lived at 554 Mohican Trail Wilmington NC 28409 at the time. I know for certain she did not receive any checks after September 2004 and none were forwarded to me. So all I am asking you to do is check on this. Please show me proof they she received the benefits she was due. I just know for fact she received no checks after September 2004 because I checked the mail box at the beginning of each month and there were no checks. Thank you for doing so. Susan B Hunter My current address is 4855 Langley Road Rocky Mount NC 27803

  116. Hello,
    My nieces father pasted away. What Social Security benefits Is she entitled to ? Is my niece eligible for Medicaid ? Thank you, for all your help.

  117. My son has epilepsy and is 17 years old. He receives payments right now because I am on disability. His doctors have said he will not be able to drive because of his epilepsy. What happens to him when he turns 18? He wont be able to be on his own. He will not be able to hold a job. Can he apply for disability when he turns 18? He will no longer be on my disability after 18 right.

    • Thank you for contacting us, Stevie. Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits can continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first.
      Generally, if your child is a student, we’ll send a notice three months before your child’s 18th birthday, letting you know that benefits will end when your child turns 18. If your child is younger than 19 and still attending a secondary or elementary school, they must notify us. They must complete a statement of attendance certified by a school official.
      Also, if you and you son feel that he meets our definition of disability, he should apply for benefits at about three months prior to attaining age 18.
      See “Family Benefits” for more information.

  118. I was wondering if i could receive disability money from when i was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when i 10 and I’m 50 now

    • Hi Hazell, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. If a child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, their benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child turns age 19, whichever is first. See our fact sheet on Benefits for Children for additional information.

      To inquire about the student benefit payments, call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm or contact your local Social Security office.

  119. Can my disabled son draw ss benefits from his fathers ss?
    Does his father have to draw first?
    Can I as a parent of disabled child draw from his benefits without penalty before my fra?
    If so does he have to be drawing?

  120. I am receiving SS benefits since July 2007 when I turned 62 years and stopped working. My twin boys were born in September 2007 and both my boys and their mother my wife who is not working are receiving beneficiary benefits.
    My understanding is that they will continue to receive subject beneficiary benefits until my twin boys turn 18 years old when they graduate from High School
    Please clarify this for me. Thank you

  121. My son draws from his dad. Son turns 18 this year. But does not graduate from high school until 2020. He will be 19 when graduation. Will he keep check till then?? B

  122. my sister is 56 she adopted her grandaughter of 13 . my sister does not have enough points. can her granddaughter still qualify for benefits and how ?

    • Hello Debra. Please contact your local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  123. the rules for step-children have been the same since 1999? How come no fact sheet to explain the very difficult and technical aspects of determining 1/2 support? Expedited Reinstatement cases have been with SSA since approx. the year 2000. How come no fact sheet to explain this unusual method of applying for some individuals?

    • Hello Phil. Our Program Operations Manual System (POMS) provides explanation about our policies and regulations. The POMS is a primary source of information used by Social Security employees to process claims for Social Security benefits. Please note that this document is intended for SSA employees. It contains technical terms and instructions that will be unfamiliar to you. Remember, our agents are always ready to assist you.
      Section RS 01301.020 provides information on how we determine support for stepchildren. Section DI 13050.001 provides an overview on the Expedited Reinstatement program.
      We hope this information helps!

    • Hello Dolores. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to assist you. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  124. How can I find out that my child collecting social sercurity disability I believe ex wife is getting check for my daughter

    • Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  125. HI,
    I am on disability and have custody of my grand children
    do to the parents could not take care of them,are there any benefits that I can receive.

    Thanks,
    James

    • Hello James. Thank you for your question. Under certain circumstances, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. Generally, the biological parents of the child must be deceased or disabled, or the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information. Hope this helps.

  126. How will know if my son is still eligible for benefits.and do I reapply for do you send letter to let me know his benefits had ran out or do I just reapply now.

    • Thank you for contacting us, Sherri. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you with your son’s benefits.

      To inquire about his benefits, you will need to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    • Hello Gary. The unmarried children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when either parent die.
      As the legal guardian of the child, you will need to apply for his or her benefits and also to be his or her Representative Payee.
      To make an appointment, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You can speak to a Social Security representative between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to speak to someone.
      We hope this information helps!

  127. yes I’m Trying to find out information about my grandsons claim his father died last July I applied in August and I haven’t heard anything sense. His name is Jesse James Kasher ss *** – ** – *** my name is Evelyn A Brown his grandmother can some one let me know something please Thank you

    • Thank you for contacting us, Evelyn. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your grandson’s application, you will have to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  128. How can a child get survivors benefits from a deceased parent that died before they was born and the parents was not married

  129. My son father receive social security and I was told that my son can also receive social security because his father is so called disabled how do I go about getting my son a check?

  130. My son receive s 457$ plus 313 from his dad’s disability. I home school him. As requested by school. Can I work. I am divorced. Is there a certain amount per month I can make without taking from his check?

  131. Hello I just want to know where i send my sons 1372 form so it can be processed as soon as possible. Please help i do not want to send it to the wrong place

    • Hi, John. Under certain circumstances, we may pay Social Security benefits to a stepchild, grandchild, stepgrandchild, or adopted child. For specific questions about your situation, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps!

  132. I am 68 years old receiving SS retirement benefits. I have a 10-year-old daughter who is also receiving benefits through my Social Security.
    I need a definition as detailed as possible about what the money she is receiving can be used for. Her mother and I are divorced. Her mother wants to save the SS money for college, but I think it’s intended purpose is to use for everyday child-raising expenses like health insurance and medical care. What exactly doe the Social Securitiy Administration say the SS benefits may be used for? Thank you

  133. My husband does not receive full disability, only SSI. Can our children draw a check also off of his SSI even though he doesn’t have full disability?

    • Hi, Marlena. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. SSI is only payable, however, to the actual disabled and/or aged individual in question. No benefits are payable to dependents and/or spouses under this program. We hope this helps.

  134. I have recently been approved and received letter stating so and to file application for my 3 children. Do I need an appointment at local office or can it be done online? Thank you

  135. If the beneficiary lives in other countries outside United States, can we still apply for benefits for the child?

    Thank you

  136. On Thanksgiving morning in 2018!my wife of 14 years finally lost her battle with cancer. As a father you feel like you are doing a lot to provide for your family but you cannot begin quantify how much your spouse does. They truly are the glue that keeps things together. I have been struggling as I try to figure things out on my own and I need to apply for SS benefits for my girls. If there is any help or advice you can give me I would be very grateful. Is it better to make an appointment? Please if you can let me know my email address is listed below. Thank you

    • Hi, Bryan. We are sorry to hear about your loss. If your wife worked long enough to be insured under Social Security, you may be eligible for a Lump Sum Death Payment. In addition, eligible family members may be able to receive monthly Survivor benefits. At this time, we do not offer an online application for survivors benefits. To learn more about benefits that may be available to you, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have specific questions about your case or to apply, please call 1-800-772-1213 and ask a representative to assist you or, you can contact your local office. We hope this helps.

  137. I am very interested in information regarding college financial aid for a high school student who has a disabled mother. Anything you can email me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

  138. SSA retirement benifits for children denied…
    Because US Embasy’s hire untrained workers
    who do not follow Law or pollicies of SSA.

    My child was denied, reason because no Birth cirtificate,

    Yet he had Report of Birth Abroad, SS NUmber,
    Passport, Been on my Taxws for 17 years.

    Embasy answer to know one.

    • Hi, Steven. We are sorry to hear about your situation. If you disagree with a decision, you can file an appeal. There are four levels in the appeals process. A reconsideration is the first level. Typically, the length of time it takes to receive a decision on your reconsideration is about 60 days but the amount of time could vary from case-to-case. We reevaluate all evidence, plus any additional evidence submitted and make a new decision. If you disagree with the reconsidered decision, you can choose to go to the next level of the appeals process. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask members in our Blog community to continue to work with their local office on specific questions about their case. Since you are outside of the U.S., you can contact your local Federal Benefits Unit. We hope this helps.

  139. I need to find out the correct number of my child’s social security number because the IRS keeps saying the number I have is wrongis wrong

  140. I need to find out the correct number of my child’s social security number because the IRS keeps saying the number I have is wrong.

  141. My son is and has been disabled all of his life. He has muscular dystrophy. Obviously, I have been claiming him on my taxes forever. He was born in 1977. For some reason the state is asking for an award letter from SS in order for me to get my refund from last year. They have made me jump through hoops for a while and I have been complying. This is their latest request. Please help me. Thanks, Nancy Lucas

  142. my adopted daughter is receiving benifits off my husbans s.s , she is 18 and still in high school but no longer lives with me or her father. do we need to turn her checks in now that she no longer lives here or what do we need to do?

  143. My children receive benefits due to the loss of their father. They will turn 18 in May but will not graduate from high school until June. Do I need to provide any verification that they are still students after they turn 18?

  144. The Family benefit has been fabulous for our HS daughter, now that I am retired with SS. She is graduating in June 2019… HOW can we stop these payments?

    • Hi Warren, congratulations on getting married! For your wife to qualify for spouse’s benefits on your record, you must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Also, if your wife is receiving Social Security benefits on her own record, we pay that amount first. But, if she also qualifies for a higher amount on your record as a spouse, she may be able to get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. Visit our Retirement Planner: Benefits For You As A Spouse for more information.

      In addition, your child may be due benefits on your record. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

      To inquire about potential benefits, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or contact your local office.

  145. On February 7, 2019 I applied for social security for my 13 year old son. His father died in December. How do I check the status?

  146. I have been told to fill out form PI-1206 but the SS office will not give it to me. After looking up information I found it’s just made up to keep people from getting benefits, just retired after a great career in education, so disappointed to see this especially when I think of people like my dad 91 years old ww11 vet getting the run around.

  147. Ive known a widower receiving survivors benefit who has a minor dependent 10 years ago. The minors benefit stopped because shes 16yrs but still in school. They appealed for. And then they received a letter saying that the benefit will continue but no check was been given. Another appeal was made, and then the social security says that the minor needs a representative payee. So the widower stopped the appeal for her minors benefit. Now that the widower is already retired ang receiving her retirement benefit, and the minor back then is already a 24yrs old, is it possible for her to get the unpaid benefit?? Can anyone here help this out?

  148. My grandson receives cash benefits from our county job and family services department. He will be getting social security death benefits from his fathers death. Will the cash assistance stop?

    • Thanks for your question, Sandra. Your daughter has the right to receive her own Social Security check unless SSA believes she is not capable of managing or directing the management of her money. If she has a representative payee because of a physical or a mental disability, in order to become her own payee, she must show SSA that she is now mentally and physically able to handle her money herself. She could provide: A doctor’s statement that there has been a change in her condition and that the doctor believes she is able to care for herself; or an official copy of a court order saying that the court believes that she can take care of herself; or other evidence that shows her ability to take care of himself. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for further assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  149. My daughter receives survivor benefits from her dad who is deceased. She has had a father figure in her life who talked about adopting her. Would she lose her benitfits if adopted?

    • Thanks for your question, Cheryl. A child’s benefits normally stop at age 18 unless he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or high school (benefits can continue until age 19) or is disabled. Remember that benefits are paid the month after they are due. The benefit paid in April is for March. If you have additional questions specific to your daughter’s benefits, you contact your local Social Security office. Or, you can call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. Hope this helps.

  150. How can I obtain benefits for my thirteen year old adopted son, who has been with us since birth. He also needs a Social Security number (he was born in Mexico). I am a retired U.S. citizen with an oficial permanent address in Pasadena, California. I will return to Pasadena in July of this year and I am trying to keep our family together. The last 4 digits of my ss# are 1428. Thank you

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  152. I am trying to find out if my children qualify to receive a check or parental benefits if their dad receives a SSI check. They also have a learning disability. What all information would I need.

    • Thank you for using our blog, Stephanie. When a parent gets Social Security retirement benefits or disability benefits, his or her child also may get benefits. Children also can get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

    • Hello Tanya. When a parent gets Social Security retirement benefits or disability benefits, his or her child also may get benefits. Children also can get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

  153. I am inquiring if i am able to receive SSDI based on my deceased fathers social security benifits. I was diagnosed in 1992 at Metro Hospital and am currently receiving treatment for the illness since then.

  154. when i reach my full retirement age of 66.4 years can my three minor children collect social security benefits, and if i continue to work till 70 years can they continue collecting social security benefits till they reach 18

    • Hi Robert. When a parent gets Social Security retirement benefits or disability benefits, his or her child also may get benefits. Children also can get benefits when a parent dies. The child can be a biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild also may qualify.

      To get benefits, the child must be unmarried and:
      • Younger than age 18;
      • A full-time student (no higher than grade 12) 18 to 19 years old; or
      • Have a disability that started before age 22 and is 18 years or older.

      See our factsheet on Benefits for Children for more information.

      Once you reach your full retirement age, earnings no longer reduce your benefits, no matter how much you earn.

      Plus, keep in mind that if you continue to work while receiving retirement benefits, your monthly benefit amount may increase. As long as you continue to work and receive benefits, we will check your record every year to see whether the additional earnings will increase your monthly benefit. If there is an increase, we will send you a letter telling you of your new benefit amount.

  155. jmmmi am trying to find a tax document to submit for my daughter who is 13. i cannot create an account on line for her bc of her age. where do i get a tax statement to submit with my taxes

    • Hi Lynda: Usually the proper applicant for a child is a parent or an adult responsible for the child’s care. However, children between ages 15 and 17 may be considered a proper applicant if the child is not in the care of any person or institution and the child does not have a court appointed representative.

      To apply for survivor benefits, the proper applicant will need to contact their local Social Security office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available to help you Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  156. My son turned 18 in January but is still a full-time student, graduating in June. I turned in all the paperwork, having had the school fill out their portion, and his checks stopped coming. What do we do now?

    • Hi. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  157. This website did not help me in anyway. It did not answer my question. so i feel like this was not helpful to me at all.

    • Hi, Cecil. Thanks for your feedback. Through our Blog we respond to questions and provide general information on our Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Medicare and SSI programs. If you have a general question, we encourage you to ask it here. But remember; never post personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

    • Hi Diana. If you need proof that your child receives Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security (SSI) Income, you need to request a benefit verification letter. Often times this letter is referred to as a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter.” Unfortunately, you cannot request a benefit verification letter online for another person, such as a spouse or child. To request a benefit verification letter for your child, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  158. I had a ssdi hearing NOV 2018, MY CHECKS CAME IN Jan 2018. I fist called Soc Sec in Dec 2018 too check on my dependents checks since nothing as said then or on the award letter I got in Jan. Multiple people have told me that they will be getting Soc Sec checks along with backpay. Two men said that it would be one half of the amount and they both double checked to see if the children were input right in your computes. They told me it should only be a month or two before I got something but it is now the end of March and I have nothing, not even an award letter for them. We really need this . Please could you check on this and let me know soon.

  159. I’m an adult that is on disability, from the above information I’d like to know why my child isn’t being allowed this assistance. If you could please help me to understand this it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi, Allen. Thanks for your question. For your security, 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, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  160. I have permanent 3rd party legal custody of a child since her birth. Birth mother gave me legal giardianship then abandoned child. I was granted third party legal custody through court. Biological parent never returned to finalize adoption. I am her permanent legal custodial parent since birth she is now 12yrs old. I am not natural, step or adoptive parent but I am her only parent. I was in a brain injury accident in 2013 . My first disability application denied then second application in 2018 disability bennefits granted. The appointment for my child to receive bennefits the administrator told me she does not qualify for my bennefits. I went to adoption lawyer but now that I’m a disabled single parent he said I would not qualify to for traditional adoption and it would cost over 8K just for home study. Lawyer said I am her legal parent and guardian but disability requires more than County court documents I was told at my appointment

  161. My daughter turns 18 on July 7. Will she receive benefits for the month of July or will June be the last month

    Thx

  162. If my son dies being his mother can I have his minor child all though he lives with his mother ssi put in a bank account until he is 21

  163. I did not received my grandson’s social security check for March 2019. It was for $1,270.00.
    My bank shows social security did a check to validate the account, but nothing was deposited.

  164. Hi my name is Jami Wagaman, Why haven’t I heard about this program? My son is autistic and has Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Also he has ADHD. I have worked with Aware and Therapy Connections in Billings. Can I get benefits for my son? My email is montanamamarocks@gmail.com. Please get back to me as soon as possible.

    • Hi, Jami. For your son’s security, 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, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  165. I just qualified for SSID benefits. What application do I need to complete to receive benefits for my children?

    • Hi David. Thanks for your question. If your son is age 18, but still a full-time student in high school, his benefits will continue until he graduates or until two months after he turns age 19, whichever is first. Generally, we send a form to verify his school attendance. You may need to contact your local Social Security office. Or, you can call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Hope this helps.

  166. Wanted to know how long I had them in Milwaukee wi.
    How long they been in school .
    Records stated they in my custody.
    Proof of medical n dental records.

    • Hi, James. Thanks for your question. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. In addition to providing for more than 50% of their support, the biological parents of the children must be deceased or disabled, or you must have legally adopted them. See our Parents and Guardians web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  167. I was wondering if I still qualify for survivor benefits from when my father died in 1980 and I was born in 1976 up until I turned 18 being my mom didn’t get them and I am still entitled to them I believe. My name is Jason Krause 01/12/1976 and his name is on my birth certificate Kevin Alfred carr .. my number is 6122744270 .email is jkrause201741@gmail.com if u have any advice please feel free to contact me

  168. I am a single mom of two children. i have been disabled since June 2014. My children haven’t received a dime. i have struggled year after year month after month. i meet all requirements i don’t understand.. someone please explain.

    • Hi, April. We are sorry to hear about your condition and situation. Social Security pays disability benefits to people if they have a medical condition that has prevented them from working or is expected to prevent them from working for at least 12 months. We use the same five-step process to make a decision on each application. You may also find our listing of impairments useful.

      If you disagree with the decision, you can file an appeal. There are four levels in the appeals process. A reconsideration is the first level. Typically, the length of time it takes to receive a decision on a reconsideration is about 60 days but the amount of time could vary from case-to-case. We reevaluate all evidence, plus any additional evidence submitted and make a new decision. If you disagree with the reconsidered decision, they can choose to go to the next level of the appeals process. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Linda. Thanks for your question. Normally, benefits for children stop when children reach age 18, unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, Social Security benefits can continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. For more information about children’s benefits, check out our publication, here. We hope this helps.

  169. I have just learned that my 18-year-old daughter is still eligible for benefits because she is still in high school. Please verify. What should I do next?

  170. I have a cousin that is 19 years old —– his mom passed 4/20/19 and his dad passed 17 years ago – he is finishing high school. are there SS benefits for him? Thanks

    • Hi Deborah, we are very sorry for your loss. Your cousin may be eligible for survivor benefits if his mother earned enough Social Security credits through her work. Unmarried children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when a parent dies.

      To inquire about potential benefits, your cousin will have to contact his local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    • Hi, Mary. We are sorry to hear about your loss. The child may be eligible for survivor benefits if the child’s father earned enough Social Security credits through his work. Unmarried children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when a parent dies.

      A parent or legal guardian of the child can inquire about potential benefits. If they are outside of the U.S., they can contact their local Federal Benefits Unit.

  171. What do I need to do for my son his father passed away? The funeral home said they would send a copy of his death certificate to social security. How long does this take?

    • Hi, Tarah. We are sorry to hear about your loss. When person dies, his minor children can qualify for survivors’ benefits as long as they are under age 18 and unmarried. Also, if they are over 18 and disabled before age 22, they may qualify as well. You can find more information on how children can qualify for survivors’ benefits when a parent dies here. You can also visit our Survivors Benefits web page for additional information. To set up an appointment to file for benefits for your child, please call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps!

  172. my son Dylan Ray Hicks born 12-31-1992 ss# *** – ** – *** lived in Steele, Missouri died 12-26-2018 at 9:43AM before a baby was born 12-26-2018 at 3:48PM and it was not certain that my son was the father of baby and DNA has not been tested from Dylan or myself or the father of Dylan to determine if he was the father. But i have been told that the Mother (Emily Morgan Dollar) who lives in Paragould or Marmaduke Arkansas is getting a ss check for the baby (Mason Ray Hicks or Dollar could be his last name I’m not sure because the mother will not allow us to see the baby or have any contact with them at all. But she made sure to get a check for the baby. If my son is the father of Mason then he should get the check but that has not been determined yet to my knowledge. So i’d like to know for sure if there is a check being paid to this baby as survivor benefits from my son Dylan Ray Hicks?? and if so Who determined that Dylan is the father?? and how was it determined? Dylan’s father and I want a DNA test done so that we know for sure either way . If our son is the father of Mason we want rights to see him and be a part of his life also. PLEASE contact me and let me know some answers on this matter or at least what to do to get the answers . Thank You for your help BEVERLY ANN BRAMLETT OWEN 2663 state hwy E, Steele, MO 63877 573-479-8647

    • Hi, Beverly. For your security, 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, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  173. My daughter Evah has MODY TYPE 2 DIABETES. She was just diagnosed with scoliosis as well as chronic knee and hip pain that has not yet yielded any diagnosis for the pain she has had since she was about 3 yrs old. Her spine was just fine in 2017 now she has a 20% rotation to her back. The doctors don’t think it will get any worse but out of 3 children she is by far my most sick lest. I am contacting you to see if she is eligible for SS Disability. Not to mention she was deaf at birth and had to under go another surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids so she could breath properly. Thank You Connie Lightner.

    • Hi, Connie. We are sorry to hear about your daughter’s condition. Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children. The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities; and the condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death. To apply for benefits or to find out more information on benefits for disabled children, please visit here. We hope this helps.

  174. If I am approved for my ssi benefits for Louisiana state for mental disorders. Will my son of 13 years old also get benefits

  175. My ex husband died and We have an 18 year old daughter together who is enrolled full time in college, can she receive social security?

    • Hi, Nancy. Thanks for your question. At one time, Social Security did pay benefits to college students, but the law changed in 1981. Today, if a child is receiving benefits based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record, we pay these benefits to students who are taking courses at grade 12 or below. However, if a child is still a full-time student at a secondary (or elementary) school at age 18, their benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child turns age 19, whichever is first. We hope hope this helps.

  176. My husband pass away 5 months ago..im so depressed . I.just want me to.know if.my son 17 yrs old entitled to receive the survivors benefits. My son is not american citizen. My husband cannot register my son as a U.s. citizen bec. Of his illness.
    We can only survive if my son received the benefits ..help us . Bless u all

  177. My brother is now receiving SS retirement. His wife has just died. She was 45. They have twin 7 year olds. How do we get them health insurance through SS?

    • Hi, Kathra. We are sorry to hear about your loss. The twins may be eligible for Medicaid. Your brother will need to call his state medical assistance office for assistance. To get their local phone number, call the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY, 1-877-486-2048). We hope this helps.

  178. My boyfriend’s daughter receives death benefits as she lost her mother. His daughter is 16 and is pregnant and due in September we keep being told she will lose her benefits and we are wondering if that is true. She is still in school.

    • Hi, Fran. Thanks for your comment. Pregnancy will not terminate her benefits. Unmarried children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. For more information, check out our publication, Benefits for Children. For specific questions about benefits, your boyfriend can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, he will have a shorter wait if he calls later in the day. He can also contact his local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  179. Can a disabled minor child receive both disability SSI payments as well as the survivor benefit when both parents are deceased

  180. Can I open an online account for my grandchild that I am the the receiver of benefits, in order to get a letter of benefits?

    Thank you

  181. I have a question about child benefits. I have a nine-year-old step-son who I’m told qualified for child benefits at the same time I was approved for SSDI in April of 2018. But back then I wasn’t aware of the child benefits program. I have an appointment in a few weeks to apply for benefits for him. The representative at my local ss office says that he will be approved based on the fact that I pay for 100% of his living and I’ve been married to his mom for over two years now. The question is this: Will we be entitled to back pay benefits going back to when I was approved for SSDI in April of 2018? My family maximum is $3096 and my monthly benefit is $1844. Based on what I’ve read it seems like he should get $922 per month but I’m not finding an answer on the back pay question. Thanks!

    • Hi, Rene. For your security, 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, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  182. Two children and ex wife draw survivor social security. she goes to work. Do her children then receive her spsyment? then older son turns 18. does younger son receive older son’s payment? share?

    • Thanks for your question, Trent. If your child was born outside the United States, you need to present your child’s foreign birth certificate (if you have one or can get a copy within 10 business days). If you can’t get it, we may be able to accept your child’s Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545), Certificate of Report of Birth (DS-1350), Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240), Certificate of Naturalization, or Passport. More information on what documents you may need to present can be found here. We hope this helps.

  183. my grandson’s father was killed a few months before he was born. SS Income was recently filed due to a long lawsuit dealing with paternity and Uber. he is now 24 months and Social security wont back pay to when he was born. is this true? she got her first check and afraid to cash it if she needs to appeal.

    • Hi Dawne. We apologize, but for your security and your grandson’s security, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. If you were receiving Social Security benefits, we ask that you continue to work with your local office on specific questions about your case. You can find the address and phone number of your local Social Security office here. You can also call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. We hope this helps.

  184. Is there a way to keep your kids from getting your social security? As in I commit suicide because I hate them and I want to make sure they get nothing? Its easy to empty the bank accounts and destroy posessions so child support can’t take anymore. But the damn SSA is the icing on the cake where they tell get to laugh at me for years.

  185. Well in Wisconsin people get it that shouldnt. And the one that really need it dont it is a shame people worken their buns off and some just mooching off the system. I work my but off arms bearly work anymore at 56 years old. Young girl I see no problems with raises kid and going to school for no reasons just nothing to do. I have a cousin mentally challenged she has to work. I dont get this system. Wisconsin should check into his one person I heard did to many Drugs and their handed SSI really why? It’s their problem they wrecked their brain, my arms dont work due to hard work and they dont function to make a decent wage any more so I have to live in poverty. WRONG SO WRONG

  186. When parents divorce and the step father adopts (the childrens last name changed) can children collect social security benefits if the biological fahter has deceased.

    SS, please send me a answer through my email address below.

  187. My grandson has been in my care since his motheer passed away, he has turned 18 and his benefits syopped. I received a letter stating to send back any money saved. What am I supposed to do if no funds were left from his checks?

    • Hi, Kathy. We are required to ask for any saved funds to be returned. If there are none, there is no further action to take. If you have any further questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  188. We don’t receive any benefits now for my daughter who is disable since birth. She will be turning 18 in a few months, and we’re told she should qualify for benefits. What is the timeline to start her into the system? Been told many different things from other sources.

  189. Hi, my name is Brianna Still. I am 17 years old. I’ve been receiving a ssc check from my disabled dad, since I was 12 years old. My grandmother, aslo my guardian is the payee of my check. My check balance is $601 every month, & all she gives me $200. I moved out of her house close to 7 months ago. I aslo have a 3 week old daughter and I would like to start receiving my own benefits to get a car and a low income apartment.

    So, how would I go about receiving my own benefits?

  190. Hi I have a child that has a IEP and behavior problems and I am in serious help with services .and how to get as for my child or how it works if someone can get back to me that would be great

    • Hi, Sani. For your security, 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, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  191. If you would’ve adopted a child and their biological parent dies are they eligible for SSI and if the adoptive parent retires is that child eligible for SSI

  192. I am on SS and I receive SS for my minor child. What documents should I keep to show how I support her and pay all her bills? How many years do I have to keep these documents? Thank youl

    • Hi Lynda. We have good news! As the Representative Payee of your child, you are no longer required to complete an annual financial Representative Payee Report. However, there are other things you are still responsible for reporting. You can read more about Representative Payee responsibilities here. If you have specific questions, or need further assistance, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to speak to one of our representatives. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

  193. My kids Dad passed away we never was not Married is there any Assistance for the kids He didn’t pay in Enough Money social security Benefits

    • Hi, Maggie. We’re sorry to hear about your loss. When a person dies, his/her minor children may qualify for survivors’ benefits as long as they are under age 18 and unmarried and the parent earned enough credits. Also, if they are over 18 and disabled before age 22, they may qualify as well. You can find more information here on how children can qualify for survivors’ benefits when a parent dies. You can also visit here for more information about our survivors’ benefits. We hope this helps!

  194. Hi,
    I’ve been trying to review my son’s SSI appeal status, and change physical address. But for some reason I can’t. Can you please tell me what web site to go to or what can I do.

    Thank you

  195. I’m filing a disability from social security and I’m wondering if I need to include my other son which I am paying child support from my employer.

  196. Will the amount given to the child will be deducted from his parents benefits amount. Or is separate. Fro example is the father received 800. Will 400 dollars be deducted from his fathers 800 amount if the rules is half.

    • Hi Karla. Thank you for your question. If the child is age 18, but still a full-time student at a secondary school (up to high school only), the benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child turns age 19, whichever is first. Generally, we send a form to verify the child’s school attendance. You can learn more about this on our publication titled Benefits For Children. If you are not sure whether or not you received the form, please contact your local Social Security office. Or, you can call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. We hope this helps.

  197. I am 70 years old. I have a 13 year daughter and a 16 year old daughter. They both receive social security benefits from my social security account. Their money is not my money nor is it my income. Living in low-income housing requires that all household income be reported as income. Is it legal for me to report their benefits as my household income? My children use their benefits for school field trips ,music field trips,cheerleader uniforms and school supplies . My children buy their groceries cause their mother receives only $67.00 food stamps for the month! I ,their am my girls representative. I make sure my daughters benefits are used for their benefit. Please advise. I need rules and regulation laws on using children’s benefits. Thank you john soto

  198. My daughter died left a benefit to her only child from her pension with nycers transit authority. It says life long he is now getting social security. How will this other income affect his social security he is disabled.

    • Hi Marilena. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to your grandson’s personal information on this forum. In your situation, it is best to contact your local Social Security office. Or, you can call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask to speak with one of our representatives, who are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

  199. I’m in need of the form that for when my child turns 18 but is still attending High School and will be able to continue her benefits

  200. I Have an adult son with autism, seizure disorders, mental retardation. bi polar and schizophrenia. he currently receives SSI. If I retire can I apply for SSD for him and is it more beneficial to get SSD other then SSI. I am a single parent and due to his illnesses may need to retire. I am 64. my e-mail address is velittlefella@yahoo.com.

  201. My father has been deceased sense 2018 and the funeral director did not report him to SSA. I recently found out that his girlfriend has been using his identity along with some of her friends. How do I look into his status without getting into trouble? I am also his next of kin.

    • Hi, William. When an individual qualifies for Social Security disability benefits, the individual’s children may also qualify to receive benefits on their record. For specific questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  202. my children’s father is deceased and he was getting social security benefits I need information on how to apply for my children

  203. Hi my son turned 18 on August 15. I took the forms to his High school to verify that was in fact enrolled in school and will Graduate May 2020. Your representative said they did not received this form. They were supposed to mail another copy; however, I never received it. We have not received survivor benefits since September. I have never had this issue with my 3 other children when they turned 18.

    • Hi, Tammy. We are sorry to hear about your son’s situation. For his security, 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. He can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, he will have a shorter wait if he calls later in the day. He can also contact his local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  204. The social security office will not even let me apply because they said the deceased parent of my child did not have enough credits or coins. I do not believe them and want to apply anyways, so I know for sure they are telling me correctly. What can I do to apply for benefits for my surviving child?

  205. We are the foster parents for 2 grandkids, girls one 11 and the other 15. We are in the process of maybe doing Permanent Guardianship and was wondering if those girls would qualify for any SSI until they reach 18 years old. I am currently on Social Security and am now 78 years old and my wife is 72. We are on a tight income and are hoping to get some income for them.

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