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When does my child get auxiliary or dependent benefits?

Sometimes it’s tough for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients to understand exactly how much money they should get each month for disability and when their payments should increase. What if you have a child? Are your children entitled to dependent benefits? This blog will address when a child is and is not eligible for SSDI or SSI dependent benefits.

Auxiliary or dependent benefits provided to children of SSDI recipients

Social Security Disability Insurance is provided to disabled workers who have worked and earned sufficient work credits to be considered “insured” and who are too sick or disabled to continue to work. To qualify for SSDI benefits you must have a very severe condition which is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months.

What if you have a baby? Can they also get SSDI dependent benefits or auxiliary benefits?

Yes, according to the SSA your child may get SSDI auxiliary dependent benefits if:

• An application for the child’s insurance benefit has been filed with the Social Security Administration.
• The child is or was dependent upon the parent. The factors that determine whether a child is dependent upon a worker vary depending upon whether the worker is the natural parent, the legally adopting parent, the stepparent, or the grandparent.
• The child is not married.
• The child is under 18 years of age; 18-19 years of age and a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school ; or older the 18 years of age and have a disabling health condition which began prior to the age of 22.

Now, that seems simple enough. But what happens to your child’s disability payment after they turn18 or 19 years of age? The auxiliary or dependent benefits will be terminated unless the child can prove that they are disabled and their condition started before they turned 22 years of age.

SSI and Auxiliary or dependent benefits for children

Supplemental Security Income or SSI is offered to the aged, disabled or blind who have very limited income and resources and who are not able to work for at least 12 continuous months. SSI does not require a claimant to have a record for work or to have earned work credits to qualify. SSI is also offered to disabled children, even if the mother or father is not disabled.

One of the most confusing issues for claimants who receive Supplemental Security Income is whether or not their children can get auxiliary or dependent benefits. Many SSI recipients talk to other disability recipients and confusion occurs if their children are getting disability dependent benefits and yours are not.

SSI does not offer any type of auxiliary or dependent benefits for children. So if you talk to someone and they are getting benefits for their children one of two things is occurring: either they are getting SSDI because they paid enough into the SSA system and their child is receiving SSDI auxiliary benefits on the parent’s work record or their children have been determined disabled and their child is receiving an SSI payment for their own disability.