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Can a child who has never worked qualify for SSI benefits?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Supplemental Security Income |

The most commonly utilized benefits offered through Social Security are self-funded benefits claimed by those who contributed to the program. Adults who have paid taxes on their income make contributions from each paycheck toward Social Security. They can later claim those benefits during their retirement. They may also make a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Those who have never worked or who worked far too little to qualify for SSD benefits can sometimes qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead. Can children who have never worked qualify for SSI benefits?

Yes, children can receive SSI

The entire family may have to make financial sacrifices for the support of a child with a disabling medical condition. One parent may need to leave their career or scale back their professional pursuits. The kind of housing that the family can have and how much money they have for living expenses may all depend on what the child with serious medical issues requires.

Provided that the child has a condition that is severe enough to limit their daily functioning and make them dependent on help, they may qualify for SSI benefits. The condition will need to last for at least 12 months, and the family will also need to meet certain strict limitations regarding income and assets.

A review of your family’s household financial circumstances and the child’s medical records can help you better determine would be likely to qualify for benefits. Learning more about SSI benefits can help families who are struggling for financial stability because of a loved one’s medical condition.