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What does a child get if a person is approved for disability?

If I am approved for Social Security disability benefits does my child automatically get the benefit as well or do I have to apply for those benefits once I'm approved.

If you are approved a claim must be taken for your child. If your child lives with you, then you are the proper applicant for the child. If you and the child's mother are in the same household, you will have to decide who will be the representative payee for your child. If you are not in the same household with your child, the person who the child resides with will be the proper applicant.

Followup question from sender:

I am currently awaiting a decision on my SSD case. My Child is 17yrs old and will be 18yrs old in June 2015. He will be graduating in May 2015. If I am approved more than likely he will not get ongoing benefits but will be entitled to the payment of backpay benefits. Since he will be 18 and have graduated can his backpay be given directly to him, perhaps put in a trust account of some sort, or will it have to go to the parent?

Thanks for the clarification, if he is 18 years old, he will have to file for the benefits. And he controls the back payment of dependent child's benefits. He can determine what he wishes to do with the money from that point.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI