The best gift you can give your child after your love and care is financial security and a safety net that will help him in the case of an unforeseen situation later in life. When you are applying for your child’s birth certificate, remember to apply for a Social Security card at the same time. You can also apply at any Social Security office near you. You may be asked to provide evidence of your child’s name, age, proof of US citizenship as well as your identity proof.
Also, remember that your children may be eligible to receive benefits on your account. The eligibility criteria include your child being unmarried and below the age of 18. However, a child over 18 can be eligible for benefits too if they were suffering from the disability before they turned 22. Conditions for which a child may become eligible for benefits on your record include autism and visual impairments.
A woman may receive lower disability benefits than a man because of lower pay and frequent absences from employment. Many women take breaks after having children to raise their families, and unfortunately, they find that this has an impact on their disability benefits accruals. If you have children, it’s even more important that you maintain a strong, recent, well-documented employment history, so that you can continue to maintain your eligibility for benefits.
Have questions about Social Security disability benefits for your child? Contact Lisa Siegel, disability attorney, and discuss how you can begin filing a claim for benefits.