How Does Social Security Help Kids?

Recently, a representative from the Social Security Administration (SSA) wrote an editorial for the Palm Beach Post, discussing the various ways the agency helps children. Photo of courthouse

According to Maria Diaz, a public affairs specialist with the SSA, each year, about 4.4 million American children receive monthly benefits through the agency because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased. The programs that offer financial assistance to children include the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

To receive SSDI benefits, a child’s parent must meet the Social Security’s definition of disabled. Obtaining SSI benefits is similar, except that they provide benefits to blind or disabled children who live in households with low income and limited resources. For information about the difference between SSDI and SSI, you can click here.

“When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial future in an otherwise turbulent time,” Diaz wrote. “And we pay benefits to adults and children.”

Are You Disabled? Does Your Family Need Help Obtaining SSDI Benefits?

To obtain SSDI benefits, a person must have a condition, or multiple disabling conditions, that seriously limit his or her ability to work, and is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Additionally, you must have paid into the program and have earned work credits.

If you need help obtaining SSDI benefits, contact our Tulsa Social Security lawyers, who can review your case and determine how to best move forward. For more information about the SSDI process, you can visit our FAQ page.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers



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