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Social Security Pays Benefits to Children After the Death of a Parent

June 20, 2024 • By

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When many people think of Social Security, retirement springs to mind. But did you know that about 2.7 million children receive Social Security? More than half of these children get benefits after the death of a parent who worked and paid Social Security taxes. In fact, 98 out of 100 children in this country could […]

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National Foster Care Month

May 23, 2024 • By

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May is National Foster Care Month and a time to focus on the nearly 370,000 children and youth in foster care in America.  Many of these children and youth often face a multitude of social, emotional, and financial challenges growing up. The challenges are greater for children of color, who are disproportionately represented in the […]

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5 Things to Know When Your Child with Disabilities Turns 18

October 26, 2023 • By

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When your child turns 18 years old, they legally become an adult. This is an important time to consider their financial future – especially if they need additional care into adulthood. Here are 5 things that you need to know to prepare for this milestone: 1. Health and Welfare Decision-making When your child becomes a […]

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Do You Qualify for Social Security Spouse’s Benefits?

August 24, 2023 • By

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Social Security benefits are a crucial part of millions of Americans’ retirement income. If you don’t have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits on your own record, you may be able to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be one of the following: 62 years of […]

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Recognizing the Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum and Their Families

May 4, 2023 • By

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Social Security’s programs touch the lives of nearly every American. We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing barriers to ensure people eligible for our benefits receive them. We provide income security for the diverse populations we serve, including people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Many parents and caretakers of children with […]

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There’s Still Time! Claim Your 2021 Child Tax Credit

September 29, 2022 • By

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Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Child Tax Credit was increased and expanded for 2021. Most families are eligible to receive the credit for their children. For families with qualifying children who did not turn 18 before the start of this year, the 2021 Child Tax Credit is worth $3,000 to $3,600 per child, […]

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Social Security’s Equity Action Plan

April 14, 2022 • By

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On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order (EO) 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. The EO requires all Federal agencies “to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all including people of color and other people who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected […]

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How To Get Your New Baby’s Social Security Number

December 9, 2021 • By

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Welcoming a baby to your family is an exciting time. Doing paperwork – even for something as important as a Social Security number for your newborn – is probably one of the last things you want to do. We’ve made it easy. If your child is born in a hospital, the most convenient way to […]

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Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

April 29, 2021 • By

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During our careers, we’ve helped many people receive Social Security. We know the positive effects of receiving these crucial benefit payments. We’ve seen how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments can help keep children and teenagers with disabilities out of poverty. Many eligible children under age 18 continue to benefit from SSI’s monthly payment, which can […]

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SSI is Critical for Children with Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities

April 22, 2021 • By

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Social Security has a disability program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that can provide monthly income support for lower-income families who care for children with developmental and behavioral disabilities, as well as physical impairments. Children with developmental disabilities like autism and intellectual disability, as well as other behavioral health impairments like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, […]

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