If you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance—SSDI—benefits, your children may also qualify to receive what are known as auxiliary benefits. They must, however, be your biological children or dependent stepchildren. They must have their own Social Security number. And they must be unmarried and under 18 years old. However, if they are still in high school, your child can receive benefits until they are 19 or until they graduate, whichever comes first.

How much you will be awarded in auxiliary benefits cannot be answered accurately without knowing what you have paid into Social Security. You can go to the Social Security website and choose the benefits planner which will provide accurate information based on your personal situation.

If you are eligible for Supplemental Security Income—SSI—only you are eligible for benefits, not your children.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska