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Children and Social Security benefits

Can a child apply for and get Social Security disability benefits?

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Yes.  A child under the age of 18 can get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if: (1) she meets the SSA's definition of disabled; and (2) her parents have income and resources that are within "allowed limits" established by the SSA.  A person who is 18 years or older can get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments if: (1) he meets the SSA's definition of disabled; and (2) his disability began before his 22nd birthday; and (3) his parent is deceased or is qualified for and receiving retirement or disability benefits.  Good luck, and please tell your friends about The Forum.

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