SSI: Getting benefits for disabled children

SSI is collected by millions of qualifying Americans each month, but sometimes even children can qualify if they have a disability.

Social Security card with cash and check representing payments like SSI

There are certain criteria that must be met in order for the child to qualify.

Different factors go into what could disqualify a child, including if they’re a working teenager.


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What are the eligibility requirements for a child to collect SSI?

If the child is not legally blind then they cannot be earning over $1,350 each month, or working.

Children who are legally blind may not be earning over $2,260 per month or working.

The child must have a medical condition than limits their abilities to perform activities and functioning.

The condition the child has must last for at least one year or be expected to result in their death.


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Other information on children and SSI payments

If a teenager works it could change their SSI payments.

Children who live with their parents under the age of 18 and are unmarried could have their parents income change the payment.

You can learn more through the Social Security Administration here.