Child SSI Benefits

A child under the age of 18 can be eligible for MN SSI child disability benefits through Social Security if they meet the SSA’s definition of disability for children. SSI for children with disabilities also depends on the child’s income and resources along with the income and resources of family members living together. If either your child’s or household income and resources are greater than the amount allowed, Social Security will deny your child’s SSI disability application.

SSI Disability for Children Rules:

In order to be eligible for SSI child disability benefits your child must meet all of the following SSA requirements to be considered disabled:

  • The child cannot work or earn more than a set monthly amount (the earnings amount changes yearly). If your child is working and has earnings over the maximum amount, SSA will determine your child is not disabled.
  • The child must have a physical or mental impairment, or a combination of conditions, that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” Social Security will look at whether your child’s activities are seriously limited by his or her disability.
  • The child’s condition needs to have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 12 months; or be expected to result in death.

Immediate SSI for children with disabilities


It generally takes several months for SSA to determine if your child is disabled.

However, they will make SSI child disability payments immediately and for up to six months in certain cases during the time period that they are making your child’s disability determination.

Some of the conditions that the SSA considers:

  • Total deafness
  • HIV infection
  • Total blindness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Birth weight below two pound, 10 ounces
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Severe mental retardation (child age 7 or older)

If you need help with Minnesota SSI children disability benefits you have the right to be represented by a MN SSI child disability benefits attorney. Fields Law Disability Center can help you understand SSI for children with disabilities benefits that are available from the SSA.