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The father of my 2 children is incarcerated, can I get Social Security for them while he is in there?

Q) The father of my 2 children is incarcerated, can I get Social Security for them while he is in there?

A) See below for child benefit eligibility for Social Security.

Who can get child’s Social Security benefits?

Your child can get benefits if he or she is your
biological child, adopted child or dependent
stepchild. (In some cases, your child also
could be eligible for benefits on his or her
grandparents’ earnings.)
To get benefits, a child must have:
• A parent(s) who is disabled or retired and
entitled to Social Security benefits; or
• A parent who died after having worked long
enough in a job where he or she paid Social
Security taxes.
The child also must be:
• Unmarried;
• Younger than age 18;
• 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no
higher than grade 12); or
• 18 or older and disabled. (The disability must
have started before age 22.




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