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Will My Child Receive SSI?

April 12, 2011

My ex passed away March 14th. We have 2 children together. My question is are they eligible to receive SSI benefits? One of the children is his biologically, but the other one was fathered by someone else.

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My ex was the only dad he has ever known, he's even got his last name. I also have the paper they give you at the hospital, when a child is born for the father to sign, saying the child is theirs without a doubt. He signed that saying our son was his. I have several witnesses that can say he claimed him as being his son.

However, his name isn't on either birth certificate because a nurse at the hospital after the delivery, told me that if we added his name he would be responsible for the hospital bills. I knew we couldn't afford that so I left it as unknown. Will this matter?

By cindy smith

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April 13, 20110 found this helpful
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This is a link to the Social Security site:
www.ssa.gov/.../ww&os2.htm

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December 18, 2012

My son's father recently passed away at 35 yrs. My son is 14 and his father was behind on his child support payments. Will my son be entitled to any benefits? We were never married, but his name is on the birth certificate.

By Alice

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December 19, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, your son should be entitled to SS benefits. Make an appointment with the SS dept. Bring the childs birth certificate with you.

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December 20, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, your son will be entitled to benefits so indeed visit your local Social Security office. They will give you an application to fill out and ask for a few assorted documents to be attached to the application including your son's birth certificate and his father's death certifcate. Be sure to keep photocopies of the application and copies of all attached application documents. Also, be sure to keep all correspondence (from them and copies of yours to them) in a file folder for safe keeping in case needed in the future for backup.

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December 26, 20120 found this helpful
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Don't hesitate to contact the Social Security Administration via their national toll free number! Their agents are there to answer your questions.

You may even want to make an appointment with a lawyer to see what recourse is available to you. The first visit is always free as far as I know.

Best of luck!

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May 21, 2011

My son is 2 years old and his father has just passed. What benefits can I receive for him?

By Kanequa B. from NC

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May 22, 20110 found this helpful
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You can contact the Social Security Administration (there should be one listed in your local phone book), or check online. SSI is for people who are disabled, you are needing to ask about survivors/dependents benefits.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful
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Here is the SSA link to give you the information you need for your son:
www.ssa.gov/.../10085.html

But you also need to read additional survivor information at this link to make sure you/your son meet all of the rules of qualification:
www.ssa.gov/.../10084.html

If you and your son qualify be sure to have everything prepared as best as you can and take it to your local social security office to apply.

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January 15, 2012

I'm 17 years old. My father died when I was 3 years old and I'm not able to receive his benefits because he did not sign my birth certificate. He was in jail, so therefore the SSI said I can't receive his benefits. They said I needed his parents' signature; then they said I needed some kind of paper saying he is my father. The only paper I have saying he is my farther is an obituary; will that work or what can I do?

By Jamieca

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful
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If your fathers DNA is not available you can still have a DNA test done if he has any living parents or siblings. The money will not go to you but rather to the caregiver you live with to help pay for the costs of housing you. I doubt it is retroactive however. I believe the rule is still intact that as long as you're going to school they (the caregiver) will receive the money until you turn 23 and continue living with them.

It is also possible that if your father was young enough and/or had been in jail a long time that he had never even paid enough into Social Security for any benefits to go into effect so weigh the cost of a DNA test, whether you will continue going to school after high school and the amount of money that might even be received by your caregiver before spending the money and effort for the test and further applications to Social Security.

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