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If My Kids Get Social Security Disability Through Their Father, How do I Get Them on SSI?

Here's a recent question: "If My Kids Get Social Security Disability Through Their Father, How do I Get Them on SSI?"

If your kids get Social Security benefits from their father, it is most likely a student dependent benefit. There is a certain monetary amount available on every insured workerís record for his or her dependents (i.e. children and in some cases spouses). Consequently, your kids are most likely receiving a benefit check because their father is receiving disability.

Therefore, your kids are not receiving social security disability through their father; they are receiving a student benefit. Once your kids turn 18 or 19 if they are still in high school, their entitlement to a Social Security check will be terminated unless they are determined to be disabled as adult children (children who are found to be disabled prior to age 22).

Now, how can you get your kids on SSI? Supplemental Security Income is a disability program; consequently your kids must be found disabled by the rules and guidelines of the Social Security disability program. Meaning--you would have to file an application for your child with Social Security, then your childís disability claim would be sent to a state agency for a medical decision.

If your child or children are approved for disability, they may be entitled to an SSI disability benefit if the benefit they receive from their father does not put them over the income limit for the program.

SSI is a need based disability program; consequently your childrenís entitlement to SSI will be affected by your income, resources, as well as the monetary benefit they receive on their fatherís record.

The simple answer to your question is that you may never be able to get them on SSI if they are not found disabled by Social Security or your income and resources are too high to qualify for this disability program.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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

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What mental problems qualify for disability?
SSI disability status
How to prove you qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability eligibility requirements
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
How much does disability pay?
Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
The amount of back pay that you receive
Social Security medical disability determination process
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits When You First File?
Can you work if you get SSI disability?
Social Security Disability attorney fees
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What are the non medical requirements for disability
How to get SSI
Approved for disability benefits
SSD SSI disability hearing decision