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Parents May Qualify for Benefits
As a parent, there are two instances in which you may qualify for benefits even if you have never worked under Social Security.
If you have children in your care under age 18, you can receive a benefit up until they reach age 16. The child's benefit continues until he/she reaches age 18, or 19 if he or she is still in school full time. Your monthly payments stop with the 16th birthday of your youngest child receiving Social Security benefits.
The second instance in which you may receive a parent's benefit is as an elderly parent of a worker who has died. If your child dies and you are dependent on him/her for more than one half of your support, you can collect a Social Security benefit. Social Security pays monthly benefits to parents on the record of a deceased worker under the following conditions:
DID YOU KNOW:
About 4,000 parents 62 and older are receiving monthly Social Security
benefits on the record of a deceased child.
Social Security has a toll-free number that operates from
7a.m. to 7p.m., Monday to Friday: 1-800-772-1213 If you have a touch-tone
phone, recorded information and services are available 24 hours a day,
including weekends and holidays. People who are deaf or hard of hearing
may call our toll-free "TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778,
between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Please have your Social
Security number handy when you call us.
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Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Jul 02, 2008