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Foster Resource: Social Security Benefits

Foster families today have access to resources which help cover the costs of taking care of a child. Resources vary per state/county and are meant to help both the child and family. Reimbursements for medical, dental and counseling services tend to be the priority. However, if a child has special needs one should consider additional care required.

Foster parents of children with disabilities may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help them afford the best care possible for their child.

Social Security benefits are open to people of all ages with priority given to families with a severe financial need.  Families who have adopted their foster child may have an easier time qualifying for benefits. 

To apply for Social Security benefits, you can call 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment at your nearest Social Security office. Feel free to download this PDF for more information about Social Security eligibility: Together We Rise – Social Security Benefits for Children in Foster Care

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