If you are one of the many parents in Florida who has a child with a disability that is severe enough to preclude their ability to fully provide for themselves, you will want to learn as much as you can about the types of benefits available to you and to your child. Despite your desire to want to take care of your child forever, you will no doubt need to find options for financial support and even day-to-day assistance if your child is expected to outlive you.
One of the types of benefits your disabled child may be able to qualify for is Social Security Disability. As explained by the Social Security Administration, once your child reaches the age of 18, they may be able to receive benefits based upon your work history even if they have never been able to work.
Your disabled child might be your biological child, your adopted child or possibly even the biological child of your spouse. Some grandchildren or step grandchildren who are disabled may even be able to receive Social Security Disability based upon their grandmother’s or grandfather’s work records. The disability for which you are seeking assistance must have been diagnosed before your child or grandchild reached the age of 22.
If you would like to learn more about how you and your family might be able to help provide for your disabled child once they are a legal adult, please feel free to visit the governmental disability benefits for adult children page of our Florida Social Security disability website.