2009-08-26 / Columns

Social Security benefits for kids

Question: I have children at home and I plan to retire soon. Will my children be eligible for monthly Social Security payments after I retire?

Answer: They will get monthly Social Security payments if they are:

• unmarried and under age 18 (age 19 if still in high school); or

• age 18 or over, and became severely disabled before age 22 and continue to be disabled.

This applies to both biological and adopted children as well as dependent stepchildren or grandchildren. For more information read our online publication, Benefits For Children, at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10085.html.

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