Children can collect Social Security or SSI disability benefits just as adults do.
Disabled children from low income families can collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) until the age of 18. Once they reach that age they are eligible to collect adult SSI benefits. Children who are approved for SSI disability can also receive Medicaid.
Children who are younger than 18 (or 19 if a full-time student) and have a parent who is currently receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Social Security retirement benefits (or who had earned enough Social Security credits to earn one of these benefits before dying) may be able to collect dependents benefits based on their parents’ records- disabled or not.
Disabled children who are older than 18 but who became disabled before they turn 22 can also collect disability benefits if they have a parent collecting Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Social Security retirement income (or a deceased parent who was entitled to one of these benefits before their death).
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