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When a parent receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or dies, their child may also receive benefits. Under certain circumstances, a stepchild, adopted child, or dependent grandchild or step-grandchild also may qualify.


To receive benefits, the child must be unmarried and:

  • Younger than age 18.
  • Between ages 18 and 19 and a full-time student at an elementary or secondary school (grade 12 or below).
  • Age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22.

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