Program Description

Social Security's Child Insurance Benefits program is federally funded. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers these benefits for children whose parents meet one of these qualifications:

  • Have worked and earned enough Social Security credits.
  • Are entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or deceased.

When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial future.

Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit, a child must be unmarried, dependent on the parent, and one of the following must apply:

  • Younger than age 18.
  • 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12).
  • 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22. 

In some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, or adopted child may also qualify for Child's Insurance Benefits. 

Based on the information you entered, since you are currently over age 19 (or age 18 or over but not in high school), you cannot get monthly benefits on your parent's work record. However, if you were under age 18 (or under age 19 and still in high school) when your parent began receiving Social Security benefits or died, you could get benefits for prior months.

Contact Information

You may also contact Social Security by phone at:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

Benefit Categories
Family Social Security
Insurance Social Security