By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., Health Educator
In our online Facebook support group we have been having a discussion about social security benefits for grandchildren who grandparents are raising. First let me explain, that I am not from the social security office and I am no expert. But I wanted to share what has been discussed. If you feel your grandchildren fit any of these situations, you call your local social security office and ask them.
1. If a parent has died, the child may be eligible for social security survivor benefits from the parent even when the grandparent is raising the child.
2. If the child is disabled, he/she may be eligible for social security disability payments.
3. If a grandparent is on social security for whatever reason and adopts a grandchildren, that child may also be eligible for social security payments based on the grandparents' status.
If you know of other reasons a child may qualify for social security benefits, feel free to leave a comment. When a grandparent is raising a grandchild, researching benefits can feel overwhelming. Having someone help you may be helpful when you feel like your whole world has turned upside down.
Our Facebook online support group for grandparents and relatives raising a family member's child, https://www.facebook.com/groups/RRCsupport/
You must be willing to accept a Friend request from me and a private message telling me who you are. It is for everyone safety.
Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A.
Author of I LOVE YOU FROM THE EDGES: Lessons from Raising Grandchildren
A love story of raising my young granddaughters for several years, letting them capture my heart, my life, and my soul, and then having to give them back – resulting in a painful, yet spiritual journey of love, healing, and reunion.