Children with disabilities may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). In order to be considered for benefits, the family must meet the financial requirements. The household income and assets must be below a certain level. This amount varies depending on where you live and number of people in your family. If you call your local Social Security office, you can find out if you meet the financial requirements.
For your child to get benefits, he or she must have a physical or mental condition that is very serious and has wide-ranging effects on their health, development or education. It is important to understand that having a disability does not make your child disabled according to Social Security’s rules. Your child’s problems must be so severe that they are very different from other children in their age.
Children who are given benefits will likely have their case evaluated after a few years because many conditions improve with treatment or as a child gets older. For example, many children who are born prematurely qualify for benefits. As they grow older many will catch up with their peers in their growth and development and they are no longer considered to be disabled. Social Security will stop paying benefits if a child is no longer disabled.