Q. Are Children Eligible for Social Security?

A. Yes, children may be eligible for various Social Security programs based on specific criteria. While many are familiar with “regular” Social Security, which is based on taxes paid while working, there are other programs designed to assist qualified children who meet different requirements, such as financial need, having a disabled or deceased parent, and other circumstances. In some cases, even adult children over the age of 18 may qualify for benefits.

Local Social Security Administration offices can provide valuable assistance in determining which programs a child with special needs might be eligible for. If a child’s application is filed and denied by Social Security, it is advisable for the family to seek counsel from a qualified lawyer who can help present evidence and testimony to support their claim. This legal support can greatly increase the chances of a successful outcome.