Children whose parents are disabled can receive Social Security benefits if the parent also receives benefits, according to an article on Social Security Insider published in 2009. For children to receive benefits, at least one of their parents must be disabled and receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Children receiving the benefits can be born to the disabled parent, can be adopted, or can be a stepchild, notes the Social Security Administration. Child recipients of such benefits cannot be married and typically must be younger than 18.
If a child is a full-time student, benefits continue until the child is 19 or until they graduate, the Social Security Administration reports.