Healthy New Jersey

New Jersey Youth Resource Spot


Disability and Social Security Benefits

Are there any disability and Social Security benefits for youth in foster care to receive?

There are several types of Social Security benefit programs for which you may be eligible.  Some of these programs are administered by the federal government while others are administered by the state with federal participation.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the largest provider of benefits to children. Benefits, for which a child may be eligible, as the result of a parent having been previously determined eligible, include: Social Security benefits (i.e., Retirement, Survivor’s Benefits, Disability and Health Insurance), Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, and Railroad Retirement benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are available to children based on their own disability and limited financial resources.

When a child returns home, leaves out-of-home placement, is adopted, or when a Kinship Legal Guardianship order is signed, the assigned CP&P Worker advises the child’s parent or caregiver to file a claim for the SSA or SSI benefits on the child‘s behalf.

For more information see the DCF policy on federal benefits.  

Please note that these are often determined on a case by case basis and you may need to try more than one option below:

For information on how to obtain a social security card, birth certificate state ID or license make sure to check out Important Documents (

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