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Hi there,

Hi there,
You should hear back from the SSA in around 5 months.

Ginger
I'm a widow, my children

I'm a widow, my children are receiving survivor benefits. My oldest is turning 19 soon and his benefits will be terminated. However, he is a junior in Highschool, currently enrolled in a special needs program and progressing satisfactorily towards a diploma. Is there any exception to policy regarding survivor benefits for special needs students?

Hi Ginger,

Hi Ginger,
I am sorry to hear that. And there is! He can receive up to 50% of his father's benefits until he marries if the SSA finds him disabled, but his intellectual disability will need to be severe enough to warrant this. I would call the caseworker who handles your family's benefits to discuss this further.

Linda
My ex husband is hospitalized

My ex husband is hospitalized and considered brain dead since November. I have two minor children. Do you know if I would qualify for benefits?

I am so sorry to hear that,

I am so sorry to hear that, Linda. If he isn't expected to improve for another 12 months, then he will absolutely qualify. I would highly recommend filling out a contact form on the left-hand side of the page to get in contact with an attorney. You can also apply online at www.ssa.gov.

annomous
I'm a father with

I'm a father with custody of my three kids The kids mother has applied for disability my kids are supposed to receive a check how will I know when the mother is approved

Hi there,

Hi there,
If you know her SS#, you can always check on www.ssa.gov. Otherwise, you may not know if she set up their payments to be sent to her!

Stacey
My kids receive SSI and my

My kids receive SSI and my oldest child graduates in May. Can my youngest child continue to receive her part?

Hi Stacey,

Hi Stacey,
No, this is not possible. SSI benefits are only for people with disabilities, so if your younger child is not disabled, he or she cannot receive those benefits.
But if your oldest child is still disabled, chances are good that she will continue to receive her benefits.

john martin
Can my child recive benifits

Can my child recive benifits if he as aspergers and how much and how to be preaproved

Hi John,

Hi John,
It is possible, but many children with Aspergers are not very "low" on the autism spectrum. Children with autism need to have severe intellectual or physical disabilities. If he is approved, he could earn up to $733 per month.

Anonymous
My husband and I used to care

My husband and I used to care for a young lady in foster for about 3 years. She moved out at 18 but we continued to stay in touch and help her as we could but she lived several hours away from us. She had 2 children, both by different fathers. One of the children (now 1yr old) was hurt badly (either from shaken baby syndrome or the head being banged onto a hard surface) and now has blindness and crippling (due to the abuse, seizures also incurred which then caused a stroke from the seizures). Her legs and arms were also broken and she did not receive care until several months after the breaks. The young lady is now in jail and waiting to be sentenced. The baby was hospitalized for a while and then placed into a foster home of a nurse. The oldest child, (5 yrs old now) had no family able to care for him so my husband and I applied for custody and both parents agreed to it so we have been caring for him with no financial assistance from the state. It has been a hardship on us though trying to solely provide care. Now, the state workers have come to us and asked us about also taking custody of the baby with disabilities. As much as our hearts would like to do this, we do not know that we could afford to care for another child, especially a child that will need 24 hour care and special assistance through out her life due to her disabilities. She is currently wearing a brace and going to physical therapy to try to regain movement on one side of the body. We understand that there is also brain damage but we do not know to what extent. Doctors said that it will take about two years to really know the extent of her injuries. My husband and I both work outside the home (in a production plant and grocery store) so we would need the assistance of daycare as well. The disabled child has been in state custody for a year now so they are trying to relieve the financial burden off of the state's resources but we do not know that we can actually afford to put this burden upon ourselves but we would really like to see the brother and sister re-united. If we make the decision to try to care for both children, will the disabled child be able to receive any assistance since we will be legal custodians but we are not blood relatives. (Both of the baby's parents and grandparents are currently incarcerated). Are there resources available to help us care for this baby in order for her to get the care that she will need?

Hi there,

Hi there,
I am SO sorry to hear about this situation! The child definitely sounds like she could medically qualify for SSI benefits, and you could become the representative payee. The only thing that could stop this would be your income limits. If you and your husband make a combined total of more than $4,158 per month (around $50,000 per year), she will unfortunately not qualify.

Cindy
My daughter turned 18 in

My daughter turned 18 in March. She is still in high school. She spends 15 hr at the high school and 5 at running start at college which also counts as credit in high school. Does she still get SSI because of her Dad on disablity

Hi Cindy,

Hi Cindy,
Your daughter can still get auxiliary benefits until the time she is 19 if she is still in high school. She would not be eligible for benefits after completing high school.

Stephanie
Hi,

Hi,

My stepdaughters mother was approved, so she will get a check for my stepdaughter, but does that mean my husband will have to pay back what she is given each much unde the ssdi?

Hi Stephanie,

Hi Stephanie,
SSDI benefits are based off of your stepdaughter's mother's work history, they would not need your husband to pay any money for her to receive benefits.

John
Hi, I was wondering if there

Hi, I was wondering if there is a way to find out how much ssdi my daughter is receiving? Her mother is currently collecting ssdi. I know my daughters ss number but not her mothers.

Hi John,

Hi John,
We are not affiliated with the SSA, so we would not have access to the information. I would contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to see if you would be able to find that information.

jay
my spouse receives ssdi and

my spouse receives ssdi and my son receives benefits also. she and my son are moving in with me to my home that I own. we are not married and she pays half the mortgage she is going to let them know about the change in living arrangements. will she lose any benefits from ssdi by moving in with me. im thinking they would probrably cut off my son since he will be living with me now can u please let me know what my happen

Hi Jay,

Hi Jay,
If your spouse is receiving SSDI, she should experience no change in benefits. SSDI is based off of work history and not income or resources. If your son is still otherwise eligible for SSDI benefits, moving in with you would also not change his benefits either.

kimbery
my husband has been approved

my husband has been approved for ssdi and he says that he will be getting money from our three kids. will I be the one who receives this monies or will it be him ? how does that work

Hi Kimberly,

Hi Kimberly,
They will go into his account unless he specifically lists you and your bank account as the payee account. Once approved, you could always go to the SSA and schedule the funds to be sent to you. You will likely be able to do this if you are the primary caregiver for the children.

Anonymous
Question, my grandsons

Question, my grandsons parents,are not together, the baby lives with momma. Daddy gets ssd and his mother is his,rep payee. We were told by his mom that the baby can get benefits cause his,dad is on it . But the gma woukd,receive tge checks then send them up to my daughter. Can my daughter apply for this herself and get checks directly sent to her for her son?

Hi there,

Hi there,
I am unfortunately confused by this situation. If the baby's father is on SSDI benefits, the baby would be eligible for up to 50% of these benefits. Whoever is the beneficiary (in this case, the father) will likely receive those payments. The baby's mom can schedule an appointment with the SSA and fill out paperwork to become the representative payee if she wishes.

Darlene
I have never been married to

I have never been married to my childrens father I am receiving disability and the childrens father will be receiving social security disability also.He is in arrears for 9,000. Will I be able to receive any of his benefits. I have sole custody. I was told I will be receiving 100.00 a month per child. I am in Fl. and what about the arearages he owes. Will I get any of his retro?

Hi Darlene,

Hi Darlene,
If your children are under age 18, they will be eligible for up to 50% of their father's SSDI benefits. Other outstanding payments should not affect this.

Ann
I recently gained custody of

I recently gained custody of my disabled grandson who receives ssi, will they now go by my income or will they still go by his mom's income?

Hi Ann,

Hi Ann,
I am unfortunately not 100% of this, but I believe they will look at your household income. So if you are the caretaker for the child, they should evaluate your income.

Kim
My son receives SSDI ..if one

My son receives SSDI ..if one of my children moves back home will my sons SSDI decrease? And no my son is 18 & does Not work. Thank you for your time.

Hi Kim,

Hi Kim,
If your son is receiving benefits under his own record, his benefits will not be affected. If the child moves back home and is over 18, your son's auxiliary benefits will also not be affected.

Freddie Brunson
How do you get a letter

How do you get a letter stating how much your dependent get once you get social security disability

Hi Freddie,

Hi Freddie,
You can get that information by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213, or you can visit www.ssa.gov to find that out.

desirea
Hello was wondering if my ex

Hello was wondering if my ex husband has ssi or ssdi and has been getting it for yrs, but never put he had a child on his application how can I go about finding out if my daughter can receive any benefits or if shes entitled to back pay. Im not sure what plan of action to take first

thanks

Hi Desirea,

Hi Desirea,
If your ex husband is getting SSDI, then yes, your child may be eligible for SSDI auxiliary benefits. We are not affiliated with the SSA, so the best place to start would be the SSA themselves. You can contact them at 1-800-772-1213

Ambria
I am currently pregnant, &amp

I am currently pregnant, & the father of my child recieves disability. I was wondering if my child could draw disability off of him because his income is not
Enough to support a child? Or will they go up on his disability?

Hi Ambria,

Hi Ambria,
if your child's father gets SSDI benefits, then your child may be eligible for auxiliary benefits based off of his work history. If your child's father is on SSI, there are no auxiliary benefits offered for SSI.

chris stone
My wife is getting her

My wife is getting her disability started and I wondering since we have 100% custody of all there ages 6 8 and 11if they will automatically start getting a check as well

Hi Chris,

Hi Chris,
Your children would not start automatically getting checks, you would have to apply for SSDI auxiliary benefits for them.

lynn
I have legal custody of my

I have legal custody of my great gandchild, she is almost 3yrs old and autistic. I am told i cannot get social security disability for her and can find no other finiancil help, I live on a small disability check myself, are ther any loop holes with social security? or any other help you might know of?

Hi Lynn,

Hi Lynn,
I'm sorry to hear that! I would absolutely get in touch with a local SSA office, here's a list of them by region:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/social-security-disability-locat...

Teresa E.
I have full and sole custody

I have full and sole custody of my two grandson's. My husband just past on March 4th. He would have been 61 on May 31st. I'm 55. Can I get benefits for my grandson's? He was our only source of income.

Hi Teresa,

Hi Teresa,
I'm sorry for your loss.
Your grandchild may not be eligible for survivor's benefits if you have not adopted your grandchild.

Denise
We have adopted three

We have adopted three children from foster care. Two are siblings, their birth mother received SSDI, our other daughter's birth mom receives SSDI as well. My husband was on SSDI when we adopted all three. We have been told that we may be entitled to benefits from the day we adopted to current from their birth moms SSDI?? Also, would all 3 qualify for benefits as their adopted Dad is on SSDI?? We live in NH.

Hi Denise,

Hi Denise,
Adopted children may be able to claim benefits based on their adoptive parent's SSDI claims. The matter is a bit more complex than that, and as we are not affiliated with the SSA, I would not be able to say that your adopted children would be eligible for certain. I would recommend contacting the SSA about this, they would be more able to give you all the information about this. Their website is www.ssa.gov

maria hernandez
I have been receiving

I have been receiving benefits from social security for three years I was never told that I can receive benefits for my under age daughter can I get back pay from the three years of never receiving benefits for my daughter

Hi Maria,

Hi Maria,
It would depend if they were listed on the initial application or not. We are not affiliated with the SSA so we would not be able to say for certain, but it's definitely worth reaching out to the SSA about. Here's a list of their local offices:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/social-security-disability-locat...

Trish
My sons father applied just

My sons father applied just got approved for ssd after filing 3 yrs ago. My sons name was put on the initial application. Will my son receive 3 yrs of back pay?

Hi Trish,

Hi Trish,
He might! So long as your son qualified for benefits all of those years, he could be entitled to back pay so long as your husband is also receiving three years of back pay.

Milly
My mom has been reciving ssi

My mom has been reciving ssi for my lil sister from my dadin michigan but she has lived with me in fl for 9 months and im paying everything for her is that fraud ??

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