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Disability benefits for disabled adult children


Many residents in Virginia have children who are unable to work at a level sufficient to support themselves as adults. These situations may be related to medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or other developmental delays. Injuries sustained in accidents may leave people with brain damage or other physical limitations. Regardless of the reason, it may be important for you to know that your Social Security disability benefits may be able to provide income to your adult child who is disabled. 

As the Social Security Administration explains, the criteria used to determine that your child is disabled an eligible for benefits is the same criteria that would be used to determine if you were disabled. Your child’s disability may need to have been present on or before their twenty-second birthday. If they are approved to receive benefits, the benefits may be payable for as long as your child is disabled. In some cases, disabilities may be short-term but in other cases they may last a lifetime.

Children may be qualified for these benefits if parents are living and themselves eligible for disability or Social Security. In the case that a parent is deceased but had earned enough to qualify for Social Security, the child may still be able to receive benefits this way.

If you would like to learn more about how you or a loved one may be eligible to file for Social Security Disability for a family member, please feel free to visit the care for adult disabled children page of our Virginia Social Security Disability website.

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