Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

Supplemental Security Income benefits are not just for adults. If your child is under 18 years old, has a physical and/or mental condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability, he or she may qualify for monthly benefit payments.

As with SSI for adults, there are also income and asset requirements. Social Security will look at the child’s income and assets, as well as your income and resources and those of family members’ living in the home.

If your child has a special needs trust, you must be careful.
Some SSI distributions will reduce SSI benefits.

In addition to your child meeting the requirements for being considered disabled, and therefore eligible for SSI, your child:

  1. Must not be working and earning more than $1,090 a month in 2015.
  2. Must have a physical and/or mental condition that severely limits his or her activities.
  3. Must have a condition that is or is expected to be disabling, for at least 12 months, or the condition must be expected to result in death.

You can apply for SSI payments for your child by calling the Social Security office at 800-772-1213. You may also visit your local office. Be sure to have your child’s Social Security number and birth certificate with you.