Social Security Contact Information

All local Social Security offices are currently closed to the public for in-person services. Visit their website to see their expanded online services and FAQs about benefits.

National 800 Number: (800) 772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.

Social Security and Caregiving for your Child

What do I need to know about Social Security as it relates to caregiving for my child? 

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide financial assistance for people with disabilities. SSDI can provide benefits to certain family members if they have worked long enough – and recently enough – and have paid Social Security taxes on their wages or earnings. SSI provides benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources.

The medical qualifications for both programs are the same, even though they provide different categories of benefits. If your child meets the non-medical requirements, monthly benefits are paid if they have a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death.

If your child is under age 18, use Social Security’s SSI Child Disability Starter Kit for frequently asked questions about applying as well as to start an application.

If your child is aged between 18 and 64, use Social Security’s Disability Benefits page to view more information and apply for Disability.

To determine the right Social Security benefits for your child, fill out Social Security’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) questionnaire.

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