Eligibility Criteria for Children’s SSI
If a child under the age of 18 has a physical or mental condition that very seriously limits his or her activities and the condition has lasted or is expected to last at least one year, that child may be eligible for Children’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
However, the child must have little or no income or resources, and the Social Security Administration will consider all sources available to the child, including the parents’ income and assets and any step parent’s income and resources (if the child lives with the step parent).
The child may be eligible for SSI if he or she meets a Listing of Impairments, which are medical conditions which are so severe that they usually result in an automatic approval of benefits, or he or she may be eligible based upon how the child’s impairments affect certain areas of his or her life—known as domains of functioning.
Some of the evidence the Social Security Administration uses to evaluate the child’s disability are school records, individual education plans (IEP’s), doctors’ and hospital records, and reports from the child’s physicians.
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