At the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan, we know that you have a lot of social security disability questions, like: Can children qualify for social security disability? 

Make sure your Social Security Disability applications are not denied because your applications are incomplete. Instead, hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney and call our office to schedule your free consultation

Children and Social Security Disability 

There are three different ways that children can receive Social Security assistance if they are disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the following familial relationships when considering children and adult children: 

  • Birth children
  • Adopted children
  • Stepchildren
  • Grandchildren
  • Step-grandchildren

Learn more about the Social Security options for disabled children below. Also, make sure you direct any of your Social Security questions to our Social Security Disability attorney! 

SSI Benefits For Disabled Children

There are Social Security (SSI) benefits available for disabled children if they meet certain requirements from the SSA. These children must also meet certain income or resource requirements with part of their parents’ considered for that requirement. 

But these requirements change when the child turns 18. At that point, their parents’ income is no longer considered, but that child will now have the meet the adult SSA definition of disability. If the child is still receiving support through their parents, their disability payment might be decreased to reflect that support as well. 

SSDI Dependents Benefits 

These benefits are given to both disabled children and children without disabilities if their parents receive Social Security Disability (SSDI). These benefits are known as dependent benefits because those children are dependents of the person receiving SSDI and they are eligible for up to 50% of their parents’ monthly SSDI benefits. 

Like with SSI benefits, children can receive these benefits through their parents until they turn 18. At that point, they can either apply for their own SSDI benefits or can continue with the same benefits as an adult child. 

SSDI Benefits for Young Adults or Adult Children

These SSDI benefits are for “adult children,” which are children with disabilities who are older than 18. As adult children, they must also: 

  • Not be married
  • Have been disabled since childhood, or became disabled before they turned 22 
  • Still be in elementary, middle, or high school if they are over the age of 19
  • Meet the SSA qualifications for adult disability

If they meet these requirements, adult children can continue receiving the SSDI dependent benefits we discussed above if their parents are still receiving those benefits. But, there are other circumstances in which adult children can collect SSDI benefits, including if their parents are now deceased. 

Adult children might also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is also a great option if they are unable to continue receiving their parent’s SSDI benefits. 

Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County

We hope that this post helped you better understand the different Social Security benefits available to children. If you’re ready for help from a qualified and trained attorney, make sure you schedule a free consultation at the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County!