Qualifying children

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 13:47

I have children and their father has recently went for a hearing is waiting on a decision. I was told that the kids will qualify for benefits. I have several questions.
How is the amount determined?
What are the rules for the cutoff age to recieve benefits?
Do the children recieve back pay as well?
What steps if any do I need to take to set up their case?
If a child is 18 but still in high school do they qualify, and for how long?

Dean (not verified)
Sat, 10/31/2015 - 07:47 Permalink

Will me children get disability if i get disability even if i do not have custody of them?

Raelene Stephenson (not verified)

In reply to by Dean (not verified)

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:43 Permalink

I get disability. For my child had sole custody. Of my son me my ex are divorced. He filed emergency custody of my son. Iam responded. Well he get his money.


In reply to by Raelene Stephenson (not verified)

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:15 Permalink

Hi Raelene,
Generally, a person does not need to have custody of a child to receive their benefits for them. Regardless, that money is still intended for the child's care and upkeep.

Jennifer Coleman (not verified)
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:06 Permalink

My husband has been getting disability for about 2yrs. I have been told that my 6yr old son could get a check through his daddy. How do I get my sons check started?


In reply to by Jennifer Coleman (not verified)

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 09:29 Permalink

Hi Jennifer,
Your son should be eligible. You will need to call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment with your closest office, where you can fill out the paperwork to get him benefits.

linda (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:41 Permalink

My question is simular. My husband and I separate 5 years ago. I was left with our 2 adopted daughters age 11yrs old. He's been receiving disability over 5 yrs. I did not know until a month ago. So I applied for our adopted daughters. Social Security worker told me that they will pay back pay for a year. I feel that's not fair . How was I to know he was on disability. When he applied he said that he did not have any minor children but I showed proof to the worker that we both adopted the girls. Do you believe that my girls should get back pay even longer than 1 year? I believe so.


In reply to by linda (not verified)

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:40 Permalink

Hi Linda ,
Your children may be able to get back pay from the time that your ex spouse was disabled in some cases. I think the caseworker may have been under the impression that they were applying for themselves with a disability.

Angela (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 23:18 Permalink

Linda, any luck..I am in teh same boat. I have been rec. SSDI for 15 years and adopted my son and no one told me he got anything. Were you able to get any back payments? Could I get a lawyer to help? Anyone?

Latoya (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 16:41 Permalink

If my child father is Receiving SSD and he didn't put my child name down and his name not on my son Birth Certificate but he is down on child support payments thru the courts can I use that as proof that he is my child father


In reply to by Latoya (not verified)

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:22 Permalink

Hi Latoya,
You may be able to but it's a good idea to contact the SSA regarding what forms of records they will take to prove parenthood of a child. You may want to contact them at 1-800-772-1213

Tonya (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 12:07 Permalink

If my child father didn't put my son name down on his initial application two years ago will he be able to get the 2 years of back pay if I show proof from child support of paternity???

connie (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:27 Permalink

Bryan I have a similar situation I have guardianship of my granddaughter my daughter just got her disability can my granddaughter receive it since I have guardianship?


In reply to by connie (not verified)

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:30 Permalink

Hi Connie,
Your granddaughter may be able to if she is receiving SSDI benefits, however she would not be eligible for benefits if her mother is receiving SSI benefits.

Kelly (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

My daughter is on ssdi she draws from her father. She gets a small ssi check as well. She has an 8 yr old son. Is he eligible for bennefits?

Condy (not verified)

In reply to by Deanna

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

My husband and I are getting guardianship of our two nieces age 3 and four. Their mother so far has not lost her parental rights that the children have been removed from the home. She gets SSI disability because of her diabetes. Are the girls eligible for Any benefits ?


In reply to by Condy (not verified)

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:26 Permalink

Hi Condy,
The girls may not be eligible as SSI benefits are based on income rather than work record and as such SSI does not include benefits for dependents.

Treasa driggers (not verified)

In reply to by Jennifer Coleman (not verified)

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:37 Permalink

I have been told the same thing.. I have a 2 year old little girl and every one tell me she can get a check off of me and I need to know how I can get that start as well pls.. Thanks

jamie (not verified)
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:24 Permalink

My brother recieved ssi, and my dad passed and now he receives rsdi child benefits. He was supposed to get it in 2005 to now but didnt. Is he able to receive the back pay?


In reply to by jamie (not verified)

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 09:32 Permalink

Hi Jamie,
Sorry to hear that. I believe that you are only eligible for survivors' benefits from the time at which you apply, so if your brother did not apply under your father's account at the time of your father's passing, he would not be eligible for back pay.

BARBARA (not verified)

In reply to by jamie (not verified)

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 10:32 Permalink

If i just had a baby and i get SSD can i give my baby the dad last name and still put the baby on with me.


In reply to by BARBARA (not verified)

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:40 Permalink

Hi Barbara,
Your child's last name would not affect their eligibility if they are otherwise eligible for benefits.

Debra (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:21 Permalink

I was just approved for SSD. How do I apply for benifits for my child?


In reply to by rey (not verified)

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

Hi there,
If your child is eligible for auxiliary benefits based on your work record, he may be able to collect benefits.

Ronniece (not verified)

In reply to by Debra (not verified)

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 18:33 Permalink

So I'm 19 And I Don't Know Anything About Ssi But That My Mom Was Getting Money For Me. they Sent Me A Letter On May 31st Saying That They Reviewed My Case And Still Find Me Disabled therefore I Don't Need A Disability Hearing?! So When Do You Think My Payments Start Coming Coming

Clarke (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:21 Permalink

If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your child will not be eligible for any additional benefits as the SSI program does not cover dependent benefits.
If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you can apply for benefits for your child be contacting the Social Security representative that handles your case. He or she will determine if your child is eligible and what documentation you will need.
Good luck! I hope you found this helpful.

Susan (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:23 Permalink

Your children will automatically be sent checks if you listed them on your application.

Claudi (not verified)

In reply to by Susan (not verified)

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:49 Permalink

I included my children on my app and as sole custodian! And NO they didn't include them automatically I still had to do phone interview to add them to case! So NO it doesn't always happen automatically!


In reply to by Claudi (not verified)

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 15:17 Permalink

Hi Claudi,
Thank you for sharing! It's true, you may need to do some extra work for your children to be included in your disability claim.

Pam (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 22:03 Permalink

My husband included my daughter but had to do all info ourself and was told by his lawyer they did NOT do that we had to but they received a third of her payment... How wrong is that!!!!!!


In reply to by Pam (not verified)

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:34 Permalink

Very sorry to hear that Pam--Fortunately, you were approved the first time around. 70% of people are not so lucky and need to go to court.

Carolyn (not verified)

In reply to by Claudi (not verified)

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 23:12 Permalink

I am curre5dealing with the very same issue. My application in July 2016 included my two minor childre. I was approved October 2016, and in December I had to do ANOTHER application for my two sons, and we are still waiting in a payment letter and funding for them as of April 17, 2017. How long does it usually take when they were listed on my application initially?

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:24 Permalink

Susan, this may not be the case for everyone. SSI does not offer benefits for dependents.

Lisa (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:24 Permalink

what if the father now has full custody? do the benefits stop for the child?

Mike (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:24 Permalink

Lisa, The money actually needs to follow the child. Since it is intended to feed & shelter the child it would stay with the child. Both social security & attorneys have stated this. You need to fill out a payee representative of who the child is living with .. Whoever is providing the "food & shelter ". Usually this is a biological parent - step parent or grandparent. Make sure to do this I have heard of cases where after social security found out ... The parent had to pay back

Mr. Harris (not verified)

In reply to by Mike (not verified)

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:55 Permalink

I was awarded full custody of my 10 yo son and didnt know that he was recieving benefits until today (i got him full time at the end of April 17). According to the lady at the ssa office they stopped his payments in May? Why would they stop his payments as soon as he started living with me without contacting me? She says I have to apply to be payee representative ... Do they owe my son back money from May to present day? Whats next and how long will this process take?


In reply to by Mr. Harris (not verified)

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

Hi Mr. Harris,
While your son may be eligible for benefits based on his condition, the SSA also takes financial eligibility into account. They assign a portion of household income to the child to determine if their income and assets qualify them for benefits, when your son entered your household he may have become financially ineligible for income-based benefits.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:24 Permalink

I have been on Social Security Disability for 10 years I will turn 66 in Nov. I just recently received custody of my 11 year old granddaughter, can I apply for benifits for her under my social security benefits?

Igg (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:25 Permalink

Hi, your granddaughter can receive benefits under your Social Security Disability if she meets ALL of the following:
her biological parents are deceased or disabled
you provide her with regular support
she has lived with you for the 12 months before becoming eligible for SSDI
you provide at least 50% of her financial support
If you'd like to speak to an attorney about your specific case, feel free to fill out our Free Disability Evaluation.

Becky (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:26 Permalink

We have been raising a grandchild since she was born. I am on SSDI and we have recently granted temporary guardianship for her. Can I receive benefits for her or do we need to proceed with adoption which is very costly to us. I there any advice for us? We have never gotten any child support for her.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:26 Permalink

This is a great question! In some cases, children can receive benefits on his or her grandparents' earnings. Here is what the SSA says:
Your child can get benefits if he or she is your biological child, adopted child or dependent stepchild. (In some cases, your child also could be eligible for benefits on his or her grandparents’ earnings.)
To get benefits, a child must have:
A parent(s) who is disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits; or
A parent who died after having worked long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes.
The child also must be:
Younger than age 18;
18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12); or
18 or older and disabled. (The disability must have started before age 22.)
Hope this answers your questions!

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:28 Permalink

we adopted OUR gr kids, they get MY SSI, and medicaid... adoption doesn't have to be costly.. in OHIO we get reimbursed for ours.. It takes them off of the foster status and money, and if everyone is in agreement if they aren't foster kids.. you just have to go to the courthouse, fill out a form to go to court and GO! a lawyer if you want one but shop around,,, if there is no contest.. should be cheap and straightforward..

Ann (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:28 Permalink

My son has brain seizures . That cause a learning disability he is in 1st grade and I have a tutor for him this is very costly . He is currently getting a small amont from his fathers death . Does he quilify to receive addional benefits to help him over come this ?and how do I apply ?

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:28 Permalink

Hi Ann, Your son may qualify for SSI. To qualify your child must have a condition that severely limits his activities and the condition must be expected to last for at least a year or result in death. The second thing that the Social Security Administration will look at is your income. SSI is a needs based program. This means that you must have little to no income and resources to qualify. If you think you and your son meet both requirements, visit the SSA's website. You can read more about the requirements and apply if you think the program is a good match. SSI Program

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:30 Permalink

Valerie, That's a good question. Typically, disabled children receive disability benefits from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program because they don't have the work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSI is a needs based program, this means that in order to qualify, your income and financial resources cannot exceed a set amount. Depending on your specific circumstances, your income and assets will be deemed to your child when she is evaluated for disability benefits. I would contact a legal professional or a Social Security representative to help you begin the application process-- you will be able to give them more specific information and they'll have a better idea whether or not your daughter qualifies.

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