Children are entitled to Social Security benefits up to age 18 or as high as age 19 if they are still in high school. They are given benefits based upon the job record of the parent who is receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits. If the parent or guardian is alive they can get 50 percent of the parent’s primary insurance amount (PIA) or if the parent or guardian is deceased they can receive 75 percent of the parent or guardian’s primary insurance amount.

If you are a parent or guardian looking after a child under age 18, the parent can receive Social Security benefits, regardless of their age. The amount paid will certainly be based upon the earning record of their partner. This benefit will certainly stop when the child reaches age 16. This is referred to as the “Child In Care Benefit”.

The amount that the family gets is applicable to the “Family Maximum” standards established by the Social Security Administration.

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