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Nikkii V
My son has ADD and is one

My son has ADD and is one meds to help him focus and stay calm. So, I should just apply for Noah and not worry about getting him added to his fathers??

Hi there,

Hi there,
If the father is receiving benefits based off of his work record, you may be able to apply for benefits based on the father's work record. However, you also may want to apply for SSI benefits as well.

Catherine
I am wondering how it works

I am wondering how it works when I am receiving SSDI and have 2 boys (who qualify for dependent benefits) under me they were receiving them then SS switched them to their father account which he lost his benefits so boys have an overpayment on his account ; so they aren't recieving any benefits. I am divorced due to domestic violence and am not responsible for overpayment. I live in subsidized housing. And all other services were based on income so now the boys are being penalized for their fathers doing

D
Hi Catherine,

Hi Catherine,
I am very sorry to hear about this situation. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of advice on how to fix the overpayment. Sometimes the SSA will waive overpayment fees if you can prove that you needed all of the extra benefits for the boys' well being. I would call the SSA to learn more. You call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213

TaMesha
I don't know if it&#039

I don't know if it's true but I live in the state of ny and my mother passed away 9 months ago someone told me since I'm recieving ssi for being disabled i should be able to recieve my mothers social security cause I'm disabled and if it's true can I collect it even though I'm 38 years old

D
Hi TaMesha,

Hi TaMesha,
First off, I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. This information could be true. It would depend on what type of benefits your mother was receiving, and when you were found disabled. If your mother was receiving SSDI benefits, then you could potentially receive her survivors' benefits. You would only be eligible, however, if you became disabled before age 22. So if you've been receiving SSI benefits for a disability since childhood, you are eligible for her benefits. If you received your SSI benefits as an adult, you are not eligible for her benefits.

tammy
My sons father receives SSDI,

My sons father receives SSDI, does my son get Medicare automatically since the child support office ordered him to cover insurance expenses?

D
Hi Tammy,

Hi Tammy,
I do not believe so. As far as I know, the only way children can get Medicare is if they've been diagnosed with ALS or has a chronic renal disease that requires constant maintenance or a kidney transplant. He may be able to pay for The Children's Health Insurance Program, which is for children of people with lower incomes or disabilities who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford to pay for health insurance for their children. You can call your local Medicaid office to learn more about it at 1-877-543-7669.

Danielle
My ex-husband is on SSDI and

My ex-husband is on SSDI and has been for 5 years. My daughter gets SSDI benefits under her father in lieu of child support. I just received a letter in the mail that her father did not report worked hours making him ineligible for disability benefits for three years. They are telling me I owe them $20,000 back in overpayment. How is this my responsibility? I cannot control what my ex-husband does or how much or little he works. Why is it that I would have to pay that back? I was not fraudulent, nor was I aware any of this was happening. Please help, I do not have any where near that amount to be able to pay that back.

D
Hi Danielle,

Hi Danielle,
That is ridiculous. You can file an appeal with the SSA. That isn't in your control at all, and it is really an issue with Child Services anyway. I'm sure that once you explain the situation and show that you needed the child support anyway, you will not have to pay the overpayment. Try calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if you have any other options. Good luck.

Greg
I have a granddaughter that I

I have a granddaughter that I have basically taken care of her whole life. I was transferred to Vermont and while I was there my granddaughter was going to be put into a foster home unless we wanted to have custody. The adoption was started, and the parental rights were given to us. We then moved home to Texas in 2009, and the adoption was transferred there. We went thru the home visit,and drug tests. We never heard anything after that. The next year we had a status hearing on the phone with Vermont and they said that Texas had never received the paper work. We have had full custody of her since 2007. The parental rights were taken away from the parents, and we were given full custody. We then went into lingo between Vermont and Texas, all the while we had a yearly status hearing with Vermont. We have now started the adoption in Texas. I applied for disability and was accepted on the first application. When I tried to add my grand daughter I told them that we lost our house in a fire and would have to get all the paperwork from Vermont. The lady told me she would put a hold on the case until we got it all together. When I went to the local SSID office with the paperwork, the lady took all of it and said that there should be no problem. I waited for a month then I went back to the office and asked the status of the case. That lady told me to bring in her school paperwork listing us as the parents, and to also bring in our last 7 years of tax returns, listing her as our daughter. it took almost a year and I received a denial letter stating that the parents must be deceased or disabled for us to claim her?? I looked up the laws regarding this and they clearly state that if the Grandparents were the sole providers for the child I qualified? I then requested a hearing by a judge. Can you please help me..

D
Hi Greg,

Hi Greg,
I am SO sorry to hear about this situation. This is very unfortunate, but unless you have legally adopted your granddaughter, she may not be able to get auxiliary benefits on your account. This is because her parents haven't been found disabled by the SSA, and they aren't deceased. Your best bet would be to continue the adoption process so she is legally your child. I am very sorry about this unfortunate situation! Good luck.

Fred
My ex receives SSD benefits

My ex receives SSD benefits she had custody of our daughter till 2010 my daughter received a check from her mothers as a dependent she no longer visits our daughter for the past 2 1/2 years how would I find out if she is still collecting here check because it was never changed to go with my daughter when I received custody 5 years ago and for the first time I am now taking my ex for child support I herd that that check would be considered her child support payments

D
Hi Fred,

Hi Fred,
You can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if she is still receiving benefits. If she is then you can get the check transferred to you. As for child support, it will depend on the court. Some courts allow disability checks to be child support payments, and some will require additional payments. It will all depend on what Child Services chooses in your situation.

Mindy
I am curious about my

I am curious about my situation. I am married to a man who has a son by a previous relationship. My husband has had a small amount of contact with the child, at the mothers behest. My husband pays child support. The mother has 4 children by 4 men, and IMHO has attempted to have children for "child support checks". My husbands father is an extremely wealthy man (multi-millionaire many times over). She got pregnant and then left my husband and started making financial demands from my husband and his family. Then when she realized that she wasn't getting anything (she asked for cars, house, money, etc) then she shut my husband out of the child's life and continued in a similar pattern with THREE other men, and she has never had a job since she quit high school. My husband has attempted to be a part of the child's life but she made it so difficult. he does pay about $500 a month child support, and even though his father is wealthy, we are not. My husband makes about $11 an hour and we do not receive any type of assistance or gifts from his father. I have a good job and I make almost $75K per year, but needless to say, we live a comfortable yet simple life. Now, I am disabled. I have been disabled from birth but I am 43 now. I have managed to work in spite of my visual impairment, but at this point we know that I will be on disability soon. I am curious about my step sons mother trying to claim a portion of my disability for him. She has tried everything in the past to try and collect more from him and from me. On our honeymoon, we were notified that she was taking us to court to raise child support based on my income. She did not get it though. I fully believe that my step son should be cared for and receive support, but with her history of seemingly believing that everyone owes her some form of payment, I am a bit freaked out by the thought of her collecting on me. I don't know her and I don't know my step son who is 12, and I just find it rather odd that strangers could collect on me, and benefit from a genetic condition that I personally have struggled with, and yet worked and made a career for myself. And she has made a career out of making babies for check and collects on me. I'm not sure how I feel about this. We live in Texas. If anyone has any input on this, please advise.

Gordy
Hi Mindy,

Hi Mindy,
His ex will have absolutely no claim to your disability benefits. The child is not your own, and it is not your step-child. Your husband is not receiving disability benefits, you are. So the child has no direct relation to you, meaning that she cannot get benefits on his behalf. I hope this helps!

Nicole
I am the disabled individual

I am the disabled individual with fas ptsd adhd and bipolar due to my adopted mothers abuse cps had took me at 14 due to emotional distress i had went to the pysch for a year at 14 state from 15 till 17 and got tranfered to a non profit group home at 17 till i reached 21 total of 8 years when I turned 18 my mother was still receiving my checks and I was no longer living with her and had no knowledge at the time of anything that was going on until I started living with another person who she was paying money for me to live there when that person became my payee that's when the overpayment letter started coming to the house for 7,735,000 for inkind support I dont understand non of it and I found out I had a Bank account that went over 2,000 im being responsible but dont have no other income but ssi and ssd under my adopted mother she never told ssi I no longer lived there I didnt understand alot nor find out because I was to scared and I have emotional disorders and ptsd I just never wanted to talk last year she closed the account and left a dollar to the state and she never provided nothing for me is she responsible ? I had the group home letter stating the dates I was there but nothing else and I have an appointment with ssi for a confrence but I dont know what they gonna say

D
Hi Nicole,

Hi Nicole,
I am so sorry to hear about this situation. It seems extremely complex. I think your best options would be to either schedule an appointment with the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to try to figure out how to get rid of the payment, or possibly speak with a disability attorney. I hope you can get everything sorted out!

Tiffany
My son is 22 months old. He

My son is 22 months old. He has been approved for SSI. I had to cut my hours in half at work for all of his therapy. Do I qualify for a check other than his?

D
Hi Tiffany,

Hi Tiffany,
I'm sorry, but you will not be eligible for disability benefits unless you have a disability.

Val
my husband just recently

my husband just recently found his father's side of the family. His dad died when he was around nine or ten. His aunt told him that he may be able to receive survivors benefits from when he died; the other siblings did all those years ago. It was between 1985-1987. He is 37 now. I am trying to figure out what form we need to fill out and what steps to take. Also, his dad was a veteran, too. Please help.

D
Hi Val,

Hi Val,
I do not believe that your husband would be eligible for survivors' benefits anymore. Children are only eligible if they are under the age of 18.

Joyce
My nephew was born in Ma and

My nephew was born in Ma and moved to Arizona. He is having a very difficult time paying his bills. He has been offered a fantastic job back in MA that would get him out of debt. He is coming but his wife refuses to come and she is keeping all of their 4 children with her. He will be sending money to her on a weekly basis for hiis children. My question is that she has been talking about divorce and if she goes through with the divorce can she say that my nephew deserted his children? My nephew cannot afford a lawyer.

D
Hi Joyce,

Hi Joyce,
I am sorry, but I cannot offer any advice on the situation. We really only help people with questions on applying for Social Security disability benefits.

Tiffany
My child was born with one

My child was born with one hand,can she get disability?

D
Hi Tiffany,

Hi Tiffany,
I am not sure how this would work as a child applying for disability benefits. Adults would not be eligible for disability benefits if they lost one hand in most instances. They must either lose both hands, or lose one arm from the shoulder down. You'll need to contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.

Angie
A family member has co

A family member has co-guardianship of her husband's grandchildren. Even though the youngest has never been diagnosed autistic, she has asserted and claimed he is for several years. Somehow she is drawing SSI for the child. How does that work? The biological parents do not know about the SSI and it is quite possible that the children's biological grandfather does not know as his wife is the one who filed for guardianship and child support. Neither the step-grandparent or biological grandparent are on any government assistance (he works and she does not). Forgive my ignorance as this is the first time we have dealt with something like this and just want to make sure that the children are legally cared for and that the biological parents have an opportunity to straighten up and get their children back

D
Hi Angie,

Hi Angie,
This sounds like a tough situation. Autism is pretty hard to get disability benefits for, so it seems odd that he can receive SSI if he does not have any kind of cognitive disability. Perhaps he has been diagnosed with something you are not aware of?

Danielle
i was approved for what I

i was approved for what I think is SSDI at 1900 a month about 8 months ago. I was a teacher with a decent salary for 13 years. I have 2 children but never applied for them. Can I still apply and how much should they get? Would it be retroactive back to when my benefits were started or is it that op late to get them retroactive benefits? I called the ss office and they told me to come in with their birth certificates. Since I am so sick from the cancer I don't want to waste my time and energy if they're not eligible. Please advise.

D
Hi Danielle,

Hi Danielle,
So long as your children are under the age of 18, you should be able to get benefits for them. I would definitely recommend it if they are minors.

Amber
i applied for benefits for my

i applied for benefits for my autistic 2 yr old son. his father and i arent married and neither has custody yet. i sent his father to the appt after my other son past away and i was out of town. He was given the role as payee. He now is being investigated by dcfs and no longer lives with my son and his mom. My 2 yr old is living with his mom with temp custody. I am homeless. My son has been approved and the back pay is @ $6000. Is my mother in law, me or my sons father up to be payee? I just needed to show my id because my sons father asked his worker to make me payee before all this happened

D
Hi Amber,

Hi Amber,
I am really not sure who would receive the benefits in this situation, but I would suppose it would be the mother in law, as she has custody of the child and would be able to actually make purchases on his behalf. I would guess that you would be an unlikely payee because you are currently homeless.

Anonymous
My son is on social security

My son is on social security disability so his son receives a check does his son automatically qualify for Medicaid

D
Hi there,

Hi there,
It will depend on what state you live in! If you live in most states (33), yes, he will be automatically enrolled. In another handful of states he will automatically qualify, but you will need to fill out additional paperwork. In less than 10 states, no, he will not automatically qualify. There are separate qualifying factors. Let me know which state you live in and I can give you a better answer.

Archie
I have been on disability for

I have been on disability for about 10 years. I have taken in a child and raising him on my own. His parents have signed custody to me. Can I receive benefits to help with this child?

Hi Archie,

Hi Archie,
You unfortunately cannot, unless their parents are both disabled themselves, or unless you legally adopt them.

Anonymous
What's the difference

What's the difference between ssa and ssdi?

Hi there,

Hi there,
SSA stands for the Social Security Administration, the government agency that runs Social Security. SSI is Supplemental Security Income, which are benefits for low-income disabled adults or children.

Carmen
OK I have a couple questions,

OK I have a couple questions, I receive disability benefits I am disabled, I have three children and a step son, my two sons receive ssi for there disability, and I need to know if my step son would be eligible, for the auxiliary benefit because I am disabled and have been since 2008 I am the provider that makes sure the bills are paid and the kids have what they need and ect..my husband is not working due to him staying home helping me with mine and his son who is on disability.. cause I am limited, to daily routine due to a bad back and knee.. I also was wondering would my husband be able to get spouse benefit, cause I'm disabled, and him and I have a child that is on ssi for his disability. So I just need to know, if my step son would be eligible for the auxiliary benefit, since he live with me and his dad and I am his provider I take care of him, and will my husband be able to get spouses benefit with me being disabled, and he stays home with me to help with our child physically, cause I am limited, and mine and his son that is on ssi for his disability. And if so, I would like to know the process of when my husband and step son would start receiving benefits.. thanks

Hi Carmen,

Hi Carmen,
Your stepson would be eligible for benefits assuming you've been married to his father for over a year, and assuming that he's under age 18 or age 18-19 and still in high school. College does not count.
Your husband would be eligible if you are sharing for the care of at least one child under the age of SIXTEEN. So the ages are slightly different here.
Keep in mind that even though your child could receive 50% of your benefits and your husband could receive 50% of your benefits, but your household income cannot exceed 180% of your benefits. So if they're both approved, their payments will be adjusted.
You will need to schedule an appointment with your local SSA office to fill out the paperwork. If you don't know where your local SSA office is, you can call the main line at 1-800-772-1213.

michelle
My x hisband went to social

My x hisband went to social security stated he had my chidren and being that my son disaabled my x husband received back payment of 12,548.00 and they dont live with him not onoy that for thtrr months he also recived on going payments aug sept oct so with that we have been struggling and hoping social secirity will send us the payment so wr can use it on nessicates

Hi Michelle,

Hi Michelle,
You will need to contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to get to the bottom of how much back pay is entitled to your children, and how you can receive it due to the fact that you are the primary caretaker.

Grace
I have been on SSDI for years

I have been on SSDI for years due to my disabilty. I recently found out that I was pregnant. I have no prior children, but my doctor recommended that I contact SSA or visit in person to find out about something called Auxiliary Payments.
I contacted SSA over the phone, and was told when the baby is born to bring in a copy of the birth certificate and the his/her social security number, when it was established.
I worked for 17 years, prior to disabilty, and my husband still does (as I am disabled, not him).
My question is when I apply for these Auxiliary Payments, is the application automatically accepted or are there disqualifiers, from an income standpoint because my spouse works?
My disability situation is for life, and will never change. So pending all future medical reviews, for all intents and purposes, I will be on SSDI for the rest of my life.
I was just not completely clear when I phoned if there was a minimum percentage of auxiliary payments received, if there were any disqualifications due to spouse's income, if benefits were automatic with proven documentation, and if so, how long is the process to find out if my child, as a dependant under me, was approved and payments begin.
Thank you.

Hi Grace,

Hi Grace,
Because you are on SSDI benefits, your husband's income will not affect your child's eligibility. So long as you still receive SSDI benefits and your child is under the age of 18, she will be eligible for 50% of your monthly benefits.

Lizz
Hello. My ex and I split up

Hello. My ex and I split up 19 months ago and I moved into an apartment with our three girls and supported them on my own without any help from him. He had been hurt at work and he applied for ss. He was out of work and had mutiple surgeries. Recently he was told he had won his ss case but can now return to work. He is going to get a check for 17 months retro. About 3 months ago i was evicted from my apartment and the girls are now temporarily living with him until i find a new apartment. He tells me the girls are entitled retro payments also. Would I be the one applying for them? He had even received a workmans comp settlement for 35,00.00 duringbthe time I had them and even though I was struggling with a min wage job and my daughters, he refused to help. Would he be able to get these funds because they are with him now? I dont think that would be fair. This money would allow for my children and I to get a new apartment and have a fresh start.
I just want to know what to expect when we go down to apply for them. He is also saying that if a check comes in my name that he shoukd get at least half. I dont deny that since he has had them for a few months now but he is working. The money retro for the time he was unable to work and he is getting his own check aside from the girls money if they were to get any. I want to do this fairly and honestly. We are in NYS. Thank you

Hi Lizz,

Hi Lizz,
This sounds like a very complicated situation and I really think an SSA representative would be the best equipped to help you! I do not believe that their retroactive payments would be split between the two of you. One person will receive the check, likely the person who the daughters live with. Again, this is a very complex situation and you should call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out more about your options.

Grandma B.
My stepson was on SSI and

My stepson was on SSI and started working and didn't report to SSI he was working. At the time grandchild under the age of 18 and is now 19 received a letter from Social Security Department that the money she received she will have to pay back. Why would she have to pay this money back?? She didn't know what her father did in fact he didn't have any contact with that was his choice. She went to the Social Security Department and was told since she received the money she does have to pay it back. This is so wrong her father commited the fraud not her!!!!

That's horrible! You can try

That's horrible! You can try fighting this overpayment, but I doubt you'd be likely to win. Your only other option would be to have the father repay these funds. Here is the form to request the overpayment waiver: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-632.html

Katrina Graham
My husband's ex wife

My husband's ex wife just passed away from cancer. She just started recieving disability check. She also had recieved one large back pay of 2000. And had 2 more large checks coming for back pay. We now have thier 13 yr. Old snd 15 yr. Old. Can we apply for thier benifits on her? And would they be eligible to recieve her back pay she was awarded?

Hi Katrina,

Hi Katrina,
If she has three back payments, that means she was approved for SSI benefits. Your children cannot receive monthly benefits on her behalf, but they should be able to receive the back pay. You will need to schedule an appointment with your local SSA office to discuss the matter further and the transfer of funds.

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