How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Is There Social Security Disability For Children?

There is no Social Security Disability program for children because Social Security is based upon insured status and insured status can only be gained through work activity--which children have obviously done very little of, or simply have no work activity.

Social Security benefits are, however, paid to the children of disabled wage earners if they themselves have worked enough prior to becoming disabled for there to be money payable for their dependents. However, these are dependent benefits not disability benefits.

SSI Disability and Children

Although children cannot apply for Social disability benefits, Social Security does administer another disability program that does provide benefits to children as long as they are medically disabled and can meet the non-medical disability criteria of the program (meaning, in essence, that their parents do not earn too much and that their parent's assets, a.k.a. resources, do not exceed the allowable limits).

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability offers disability benefits to children whose parent or parents meet certain income and resource limits. SSI uses children’s parental income and resources if they are younger than eighteen years of age.

This changes once an SSI beneficiary reaches the age of 18. At the age of 18, all children’s SSI disability claims are reevaluated under adult impairment listing criteria. And if they are found disabled, their SSI disability benefits will no longer be affected by their parent's income and resources.

SSI offers disability benefits to children found medically disabled. Once they begin receiving their benefits, their eligibility will be periodically reviewed to determine if their parent, or parents, still meet the income and resource limits.

In addition to periodic reviews for income and resources, SSI beneficiaries are subject to continuing disability medical reviews, just like Social Security Disability beneficiaries.

Remember SSI disability is like other social programs; therefore eligibility to receive benefits totally depends upon income and resource limits. Even if the child remains medically disabled, their disability benefits could be stopped if their parent's income and resource limits are over the program’s limits.

Although Social Security does not have a disability program for children, they do have rules that allow an adult disabled child to receive disability benefits based upon their parent’s earnings record. An adult disabled child must be found medically disabled between the ages of 18 and 22 in order to receive disability benefits based upon their parent’s earnings.

There are a couple of rules that affect entitlement to adult disabled child’s benefits. One or both of the adult child’s parents must be receiving a benefit from Social Security, or be deceased, for an adult disabled child to receive disability benefits.

Additionally, if the person filing as a disabled adult child performed substantial gainful work activity after the age of 22, or if they marry anyone other than another Social Security Disability beneficiary, they are not eligible to receive benefits based upon their parent’s earnings record.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

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Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

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Social Security Disability SSI and ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits and dependents
Are children eligible to receive disability benefits?

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

If you apply for disability in Virginia

Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Virginia?

Getting a Disability Lawyer in Virginia

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

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