Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs a person can have. Raising a child can be extremely stressful and parents don’t just clock out at a certain time. It is a full-time job that requires constant dedication, patience, trust and compassion.
If a child is disabled and requires even more support, parents can easily get overwhelmed. If you are in this situation, it is crucial that you understand you have support and resources that can make things a little easier. One such resource may be Supplemental Security Income.
SSI payments can be available for disabled children under the age of 18. The money can be essential in helping families cover expenses for that child if he or she is unable to work and support himself or herself.
However, the process of applying for and securing these benefits can be quite complicated. There are applications to fill out, interviews conducted and medical requirements that must be met and documented just to enroll in the program. Considering all that you may already do for your disabled child on a daily basis, taking on the task of navigating a government benefits program can seem impossible.
Rather than put yourself through all this stress or just give up altogether and miss out on these critical resources for your child, you may be wise to consider consulting an attorney. A legal representative who focuses on Social Security disability and SSI cases can be much more familiar with the process of applying for these critical funds and can take on the legal challenges of pursuing SSI payments. With this type of support, you can stay focused on caring for your child and your family.
Source: Parent Herald, “SSI Eligibility, Disability Benefits & Other Facts About Supplemental Security Income for Children,” May 18, 2015