If you are the parent or grandparent of a disabled person in Mississippi, you may be researching your options for how you can ensure your loved one receives the level of financial support they need to take care of them. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible for your adult disabled child or grandchild to receive Social Security Disability benefits based on your work records. 

The Social Security Administration has a process in place whereby you can apply for these benefits so long as certain criteria are met. The first of these criteria is meeting the definition of being disabled as laid out by the SSA. This qualifying disability must have begun before the time that your child or grandchild turned 22 years old. Your family member must be at least 18 years old at the time. 

It is possible for your adult disabled grandchild or child to work so long as their earnings do not exceed the SSA’s limit for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. The recipient should not be married although the SSA does offer an exception in some cases if the spouse of your disabled child or grandchild is themselves disabled. You may seek these benefits for your biological or adopted child, your stepchild, your grandchild and possibly even your step-grandchild. 

If you would like to learn more about the options that you and your family may have available to help provide financial assistance to your child or grandchild who is disabled, please feel free to visit the SSD for adult disabled children page of our Mississippi Social Security Disability website.