Your grandchild can receive your social benefits
Your grandchild can receive your social benefits

Your grandchild can receive your social benefits

YOUR grandson may receive your social benefits under certain circumstances.

The services are typically reserved for persons aged 62 or over.


Grandchildren can receive social benefits in some cases

However, certain cases will allow grandchildren to claim your social security benefits.

According to Social Security Administrationa child can receive benefits if they have either:

  • A parent who is disabled or retired and entitled to social benefits.
  • A parent who died after working long enough in a job where they paid social security taxes.

To receive the benefits, the child must have lived with you since before they were 18 years old.

The child must also have received at least half of their maintenance from you in the year before the month in which you were entitled to old-age or disability insurance.

The child’s parents are also not allowed to contribute with support.

If your grandchild was born within a year before you were entitled to unemployment benefits, you must have lived with them and provided for at least half of their maintenance from the date of birth until you were entitled to unemployment benefits.

Step-grandchildren can also qualify if all requirements are met.

However, this child must be adopted to qualify if you and your spouse are already receiving benefits.

How can I apply?

To apply for benefits, you must use the child’s birth certificate and CPR number as well as your CPR number.

In some cases, other documents may also be required.

The best way to reach the Social Security Administration is through their website.

You can search for benefits on the site and also find answers to your questions.

If you would like to chat with someone on the phone, you can call 1-800-772-1213.

While many local social security offices have been closed for personal visits due to the Covid pandemic, you may be able to book an appointment to sign up for benefits.

We’ll explain if you can stop seeking social benefits and return to work.

We also explain four changes that happen with Social Security every year.

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