How Children Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

The SSI process is noted for being difficult and stringent, especially when it comes to qualifying children with disabilities. It’s important to note the entire process and income thresholds when starting the application process.

Caring for a child presents myriad difficulties, not least of which is the significant financial burden that comes with implementing proper care and development for the child or children.


Whether it’s a parent or guardian taking on this immense responsibility of care, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the main source of government assistance available for low-income families who need extra support with care. 


What SSI Does for Children


According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 1.2 million disable children receive SSI benefits averaging $650 a month and these benefits lift nearly 200,000 children above 50% of the poverty line. 


For those who qualify, it helps relieve the financial burden of the caretaker so he/she can attend appointments with the child and offer that vitally important care, which is often more intensive than other conditions. If a parent doesn’t have the ability to create income while providing care, these benefits are essential.


How Children Qualify for SSI


SSI criteria is notably stringent and tough. The child’s impairment must match or equal in severity a list of disabilities that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has put together. In addition, a qualified medical professional must submit proof and evidence of the disability. Any disorder must severely limit the child’s ability to function properly.


Families must also meet income and asset thresholds. If a family earns up to about 100% of the poverty line, they’ll likely qualify for benefits. However, the child’s countable assets must be valued at less than $2,000 if living with one parent and $3000 if living with two. 


The rate of benefit approval changes dramatically based on where the family is located alongside a variety of other factors. SSA takes a number of steps to ensure that only the most impacted families receive benefits.


This is why it’s so important to consult a qualified SSI claims attorney if you feel you’ve been wrongly denied. The application and approval process is very strict and oftentimes overlooks applicants who are entitled to benefits. Call Schott Law today at (509) 328-5789 to schedule your free consultation to learn about how we’ve helped Eastern Washington and Idaho SSI applicants get their benefits.