Is There Any Financial Help We Could Receive For Raising Our Granddaughter?

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Sep 15 2019 - 10:44am

We are raising our granddaughter because her mother kicked her out and her father lives out of state. She is 15 years old. Is there any help out there that we can receive financially. My wife works but I am retired. Please let me know. Thank you

Hi,

My expertise is limited to Social Security benefits, so I don't know if there are any other types of financial help available for your granddaughter. As for Social Security benefits, your granddaughter could only potentially qualify for child's benefits on a parent's record if one or both of her parents are either a) deceased or b) drawing Social Security benefits based on their own work record.

Grandchildren can only qualify for child's benefits on the record of a grandparent if they are either a) adopted by the grandparent, or b) both of their natural parents are either deceased or disabled. The grandparent would also need to either be a) deceased or b) drawing Social Security benefits based on their own work record.

Best, Jerry