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Can children receive SSI benefits?

California residents may not be aware that the Social Security Administration provides financial assistance to children who are disabled, as per the SSA's rules. The SSA provides cash assistance to qualifying children and the child could also be eligible to receive assistance from other federal programs as well.

The eligibility criteria for receiving SSI benefits are two-fold: the financial criteria of the child, based on their family's resources, and the medical criteria about the child's impairment. A local SSA office makes the income-based determination of the child and their family and a state agency makes the medical determination.

For income, earnings, Social Security checks and non-cash items, such as food clothing and shelter, are considered. Personal belongings, such as cars and the family home, often are not included when making the resources determination. To be disabled under the SSA's definition, the child must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that results in severe and marked functional limitation, and the impairment is expected to exceed a year or even result in death. The impairments must be proved by medical evidence, including laboratory findings, not just a statement of the symptoms. Licensed physicians and psychologists are considered among acceptable medical sources.

Federal financial assistance in the form of SSI can help children get the help they need and possibly even recover to the extent that they can lead independent lives. To ensure that one's child can get the benefits they deserve, it might be beneficial to consider consulting an experienced attorney.

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