To complete a Child Disability Report on behalf of a child applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, you need to:

  • give us information about the child's medical conditions, medical records, education, and work history and
  • contact Social Security to complete an application for SSI benefits.

You can complete the Child Disability Report online but you must contact us to complete the SSI application. The SSI application can't be completed online. You can apply in person or over the phone, or get more information about SSI and this application process.

Using the online Child Disability Report gives you:

  • security and privacy for the child's information
  • step by step instructions and examples to help you complete the report
  • a process to collect information that applies to the child, similar to the interview process in a Social Security office
  • the ability to work at your own pace, stopping when you want and coming back to finish later


Applying in Person or Over the Phone

If you prefer not to do this report on the Internet, you can use any of the following ways to complete a Disability Report:

  • Call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. Explain that you want to file an SSI application on behalf of a child. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free "TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Go to your local Social Security Office and ask to file an SSI application on behalf of the child.
  • If you have a working printer, you may print a paper Disability Report - Child from the Internet. This form is in Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires Adobe Reader to open and print it. If you don't have Adobe Reader on your computer you can download a free copy. Use this link to get a free copy of the Adobe Reader.
  • If you live outside the United States, see Service Around the World.

More Information About SSI and this Process

How the Supplemental Security Income Application Process Works
The Definition of Disability for Children Applying for SSI
Internet Security Policy
The Privacy Act Statement
Social Security's Accessibility Policy