Benefits for Children

February 14, 2018

Children whose parent (and in some cases, grandparent or stepparent) receives SSDI can be eligible for auxiliary benefits through the disabled worker. In 2016, there were 1,493,476 children under 18 receiving such benefits, along with 50,976 students aged 18-19 and 122,202 disabled adult children of disabled workers.

If a child is disabled and never worked, he or she may receive SSI benefits independently of the parent beginning at age 18.  However, if a parent (or in some cases, grandparent or stepparent) becomes disabled, retires under the the Social Security system or dies, the child may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits on that individual’s earnings record.

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