Child disability benefit is a type of SSI program that provides financial support to children under the age of 18 who are disabled. Social Security uses different rules for determining disability in a child’s claim. For a child to be eligible for disability, the parent’s household income must not exceed a certain level. To be found disabled, the child must have a physical or mental condition that causes marked and severe functional limitations. Under current regulations, a child must prove that he/she meets a listing or medically equals or functionally equals a listing. To functionally equal a listing, a child claimant must have marked limitations in two domains or extreme limitations in one domain. Domains are broad areas of functioning. Under the regulations, a marked limitation is one that interferes with child’s ability to independently initiate, sustain, or complete activities. Children on SSI who reach age 18 are subject to a redetermination of disability under the adult standards.

Children’s impairments must be established through medically acceptable evidence, which should include objective clinical findings. Since children, unlike adults, are unable to perform any type of work activity, Social Security has different methods to determine what residual functions a child has. A child’s performance of school work and activities is often used to evaluate what a child is able to do and if that child is able to function at an age-appropriate level.

If your Child Disability Benefits claim is approved, you will receive a monthly benefit and your child will automatically qualify for Medicaid benefits (Medi-Cal in California).  Children are not eligible for social security disability though they are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, Social Security pays benefits to an individual’s disabled child who is not a minor. If a parent is receiving a Social Security disability or retirement benefit, their child, who is under the age of nineteen, may file for adult child disability on the record of the parent. Social Security pays benefits to the disabled adult if a parent is receiving Social Security retirement or Social Security disability, and the qualifying adult child has been determined to be disabled prior to the age of twenty-two.

If your child is suffering from a physical or mental condition that causes marked and severe functional limitations, call us to discuss his/her case without any charge or obligation.

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