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Childrens Stake in Social Security

When most people think about Social Security they normally think about retirement or disability benefits. But, there is so much more to the Social Security Administration (SSA) than what they can provide for working or formerly working adults. Children have a large stake in the Social Security system. Take a look at how our country’s youngest people benefit from Social Security.

 Children's Stake

The Help Kids Need

Currently, there are children who are part of families that receive Social Security benefits as part or all of their income than there are families that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In fact, as many as 8.5 children benefit in some way from the Social Security System.


What Children are Helped?

Any child who is part of a family that receives some type of benefit through the SSA is helped by the system. This includes children whose parents have died or become disabled and can no longer work. Children who are disabled themselves can also be awarded benefits for their families.


Childrens Benefits

When an adult applies for disability benefits, any children that person has may also receive benefits through that parent.. To be eligible for these benefits, the child must meet the following qualifications:

(1)Be unmarried
(2)Be under 18 or
(3)Be 18 or 19 and a full-time high school student
(4)Be 18 or older and have a disability that started before the age of 22.

Survivors Benefits

Children of parents who die can receive Social Security benefits as well. To qualify for these benefits the child must meet the same qualification that are listed under “Children’s Benefits” above. These benefits are available for natural children, adopted children, stepchildren, grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.


There are many ways in which children have a stake in Social Security. For questions regarding how Social Security benefits can help you child, contact the law office of James Mitchell Brown today.