Social Security Survivor Benefits and Adoption?

My son is receiving Social Security survivor benefits from his mother passing away. I was never married to her. He lives with me now; my wife is his step mom and wants to adopt him. Will Social Security payments stop in this case?

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October 6, 20170 found this helpful
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Yes. My daughter went through this as well. Once your son is adopted your survivor benefits will stop.

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October 11, 20170 found this helpful
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Yes they would probably stop his payments.It would be more beneficial to let him keep receiving his survivor benefit.She can still be his step mom.

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October 5, 20170 found this helpful

You will need to make an appointment with social security. Bring all important documents such as birth and death certificates

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October 5, 20170 found this helpful

According to Social Security Survivor benefits if a child is already receiving survivor benefits and is adopted he will not lose his benefits.

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It is best to contact the SSI office if you are planning on changing the child's last name. His SS number has to be updated.

Here is a question and answer page that you can read about adoption and benefits.

socialsecurityinfo.areavoices.com/.../

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October 7, 20170 found this helpful

Survivor benefits for children have a lot of different facets and the only way you will know for sure is to go in person to your Social Security office and present your questions.

  • The one thing you should be very careful of and that is to always be very honest when dealing with this government agency.
  • It is possible that your son could lose his benefits but I am definitely not sure as this is an unusual case and does not fall into the usual pattern.
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  • Since you and the boy's mother were never married are you saying that you are now married and you and your wife wish to adopt your son?
  • Does this mean your son is going under his mother's name with SS?
  • Another question; were you awarded legal guardianship through the court?
  • All of this too complicated for lay people to try and answer.
  • You should ask your questions at the SS office.
  • Be sure to take official papers with you - SS numbers for yourself, your son and any papers you received when awarded his benefits.
  • Your wife should also go with you so everything will be official.

It is important that you remember that any changes dealing with your son's life may have to be reported to the SS agency. Do you complete a yearly report showing how your son's benefits were used? SS can ask for this report at any time but may not require it consistently.

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What matters now is that you have everything reported to the SS office and find out if an adoption is possible and your son still retain his benefits.

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