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Social Security Question:
Social Security benefits for children of incarcerated parents
Social Security Answer:
i need information on ssdi for a child whose father has been incarcerated? someone told me that this child could be receiving benefits as well? the child is only one year old and is in the custody of the maternal grandmother, not legally yet, he also has 3 other children ages 6 (twins) and 12. please send me some information regarding this subject, any thing you can do will be helpful as the father may be in for awhile, I may have forgot to mention but the child's mother is also incarcerated,
Support Replied ~ 06-03-2009 19:21:32
The questions is do either of the parents receive SSDI? If they do, then the children may be eligible for benefits depending on the amount the parents would receive if they were not in prison.
When a person is found disabled, any eligible children are usually put on their records.
If a person hasn't worked long enough to get disability, (no earnings) then there would be no benefits for the children.
The caretakers of these children should be calling SS and asking them if there are possible benefits.
There are no SS benefits for children of prisoners just because they are children of prisoners.......Carol
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