Social security benefit is a way of stabilizing the family’s financial future, especially when a parent becomes disabled, incarcerated or dies. The money is used to provide the necessities of life for the family and mostly to ensure that the children complete their education so they can stand and fend for themselves. There are about 3.8 million children who receive approximately $1.6 billion each month because one or both of their parents is diseased, incarcerated, disabled or retired (Benefits for children with disabilities: Publication No. 05-10026). In some states, children whose parents have little income or resources may be eligible for Supplementary Security Income benefits.
Before a child could profit from this social security benefit, he or she must be your biological child, adopted child or dependent stepchild. He or she must also be unmarried, younger than 18 and a student in a grade that is lower than 12. In most cases, a disabled child can also benefit if older than 18, but the disability must have started before age 22.
To apply for your child’s social security benefits you will need the child’s birth certificate and parent’s and child’s Social Security numbers. Of course, you will also need to furnish proof that the father is incarcerated. The Social Security Representative who sees you will tell you what other documents you will need to bring along. You can search online to find the nearest Social Security representative to contact.