United States
"Social Security Child’s Benefits"

What is Social Security Child’s Benefits ?

Social Security benefits for children are payments made to the minor children of a parent who is receiving Social Security retirement, disability, or survivor benefits.

How Social Security Child’s Benefits Work ?

Child’s benefits are intended to provide financial support for children who have lost a parent, or who have a parent who is unable to work due to a disability or retirement.


Who is Eligible for Social Security Child's Benefits ?

Child (biological child, adopted child, or dependent stepchild) must be unmarried & under the age of 18 or between the ages of 18 to 19 and still in high school.

How Much is Social Security Child’s Benefits ?

Amount of benefit depends on the earnings history of the parent & number of eligible children. A child can receive up to 50% of the parent's full retirement or disability benefits.


You will need to provide the child's birth certificate and Social Security number, as well as your own SSN and proof of your eligibility for Social Security benefits.

How to Apply for Social Security Child's Benefits ?

You can apply for Social Security child benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by visiting your local Social Security office.