A parent is entitled to survivor benefits on the record of a deceased child if the child was fully insured at the time of death and the parent:
In order to receive survivor benefits, the parent must:
- Is age 62 or older;
- Not entitled to benefits on his or her own record that are equal to or greater than the amount of the survivor's benefit; and
- Was receiving at least one-half support from the deceased child.
- File and application;
- Provide the evidence of support; and
- Not have remarried since the deceased child's death.
The above requirements apply to natural parents, legally adoptive parents and stepparents established before the deceased child reached age 16.