Generally speaking stepchildren are treated the same as your natural children for the purposes of Social Security disability benefits when a parent or stepparent or is disabled, provided that the stepparent provided more than half the stepchild’s support.
Benefits For a Child of a Disabled or Retired Person
If you are eligible for disability benefits your children should be eligible to receive a monthly check for benefits based on your work record. This is true for biological, adopted or step children. In some cases a dependent grandchild might also qualify.The amount of the benefit depends on how many work credits you have. To receive benefits, the child must be unmarried and be:
- under age 18; or
- 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12); or
- 18 or older and have a disability that started before age 22.