Applying for SSI - Under Age 18

Jul 20, 2021


Welcome to Fountain of Hope's comprehensive guide on applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under age 18. We understand the importance of financial assistance for individuals with disabilities, and we are here to help you navigate the application process successfully.

What is SSI?

SSI is a federally funded program designed to provide financial support to disabled individuals who have limited income and resources. For children under age 18, SSI benefits can help alleviate the financial strain on families by offering essential financial aid.

Qualifying for SSI - Under Age 18

In order to qualify for SSI under age 18, several eligibility criteria must be met. The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates both the child's medical condition and the family's income and resources. It is essential to meet the following requirements:

1. Medical Eligibility

The child must have a physical or mental impairment that limits their functional abilities and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. The impairment must also significantly interfere with the child's everyday activities. The SSA considers medical records, physician statements, and other documented evidence to determine the extent of the disability.

2. Financial Eligibility

The child's family income and resources must fall within the allowable limits set by the SSA. Income includes both earned and unearned income, such as wages, pensions, and benefits. Resources include cash, bank accounts, investments, and property. Fountain of Hope can assist you in understanding the specific income and resource limits for SSI eligibility.

The Application Process

Applying for SSI under age 18 involves a step-by-step process to ensure all necessary information is provided to the SSA. Here are the key steps:

1. Gather Relevant Documents

Collect important documents such as the child's birth certificate, Social Security number, medical records, school records, and any other records related to the child's disability. These documents will be critical in establishing eligibility and supporting the application.

2. Complete the SSI Application

The SSI application can be completed online at the Social Security Administration's website or through an in-person appointment at your local Social Security office. Fountain of Hope recommends seeking guidance during the application process to ensure accuracy and increase the chances of approval.

3. Provide Detailed Medical Information

When applying for SSI, it is crucial to provide detailed medical information about the child's disability. This includes medical records, diagnoses, treatment history, and statements from healthcare professionals who have treated the child.

4. Participate in a Disability Interview

The SSA may schedule a disability interview to gather additional information about the child's impairment and limitations. During this interview, it is essential to be honest and provide as much detail as possible to support the application.

5. Await Application Decision

After submitting the application, the SSA will review the information provided and make a decision regarding eligibility. It is important to note that the decision process may take several months. Fountain of Hope can assist you in monitoring the progress and following up if necessary.

Appealing a Denial

If the initial application is denied, there is an appeals process available. Fountain of Hope can provide guidance on how to request a reconsideration or schedule a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is crucial to provide additional evidence or address any discrepancies in the initial application during the appeals process.


Applying for SSI under age 18 can be a complex and overwhelming process. Fountain of Hope is dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance and support to individuals and families seeking SSI benefits. Our expertise in navigating the application process can increase the chances of a successful outcome. Contact Fountain of Hope today to receive the assistance you need!