An Insight into the Supplemental Security Income for Children

Mom talking to her daughter with mental condition

If you have a child who is younger than 18 years, and they have a mental or physical condition or both that prevents them from working, then you may qualify for SSI. The conditions of the child must meet the Social Security’s definition of disabled and their resources and income should meet the acceptable limits.

Various procedures are surrounding the social security for disabled children under the age of 18. As such, most parents or guardians are often at a loss with various questions concerning this benefit. DECO, experts in social security eligibility, sheds light on some of the procedures as follows.

How does the SSI program work for under 18?

To qualify for this benefit, a child must be under the age of 18 or is under the age of 22 and is regularly attending school. They can start receiving the benefits as soon as after their birth since there is no a minimum age requirement. After the age of 18, the impairments of your child will be re-evaluated based on disability definitions for adults.

What are the criteria determining a blind or disabled child?

Your child qualifies to be categorized as disabled or blind if, under age 18 whether a household head, single or married, the child has a medically identifiable mental or physical impairment or impairments limiting his or her functionality. This also applies if the identified impairment have been present or are expected to continue for at least 12 months consecutively, or they are expected to cause death. This is also true if your child meets the definition of blindness as it is applied to adults.

SSI payments focus on enhancing lives of people living with disabilities. However, it is important to note that the amounts paid differ from one state to the other. This is because some states add onto the SSI payment while others do not. Therefore, always check with your local Social Security office to learn more.