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Supplemental Security Income for Children
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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children is a federal program that provides cash benefits every month if your child meets the program guidelines. The amount of the income provided will depend on your child or children’s living arrangements and any income the child gets from other sources. The purpose of the program is to make sure your child or children have a minimum level of income so they can get basic necessities such as: food, clothing, and shelter.

You can get more information about this program and other programs in your state by going to the AARP GrandFacts State Fact Sheets at: www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/grandfacts-sheets/.


How do I apply?

To find out how to apply for this program, please contact the Social Security Administration at: (800) 772-1213.

Please note: The Social Security Administration (SSA) counts the date of a request for benefits as the filing date of the application. This is important because the date of the application will determine when your child’s benefits start. Unless you can submit a full application today, you should call SSA immediately and say that you want to apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits. After the call, you can send them a letter like this: Protected Filing Date Letter. You must submit a completed application to SSA within 60 days of the date of your request in order to get program benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

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