Childhood SSI/SSDI Advocacy

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Helping children in foster care receive the support they need through SSI/SSDI assessment services

Childhood SSI/SSDI Advocacy

Only about six percent of children on the rolls of the U.S. foster care system receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other Social Security benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Many child welfare agencies are so overworked and underfunded that they are unable to staff an effective SSI Advocacy project, missing out on potential federal revenue to offset the high costs of foster care. Worse, many potentially SSI/SSDI-eligible children are not receiving the programmatic and financial benefits to which they are entitled.

Maximize Benefits for Foster Children in Need

MAXIMUS shares your belief that every foster child who is eligible for SSI and/or SSDI benefits should receive them. We help agencies like yours access federal funding through SSI (Title XVI) and SSDI (Title II) to help offset the cost of these benefits. Today, a child welfare agency can leverage more than $8,088 in federal funds annually (without a state match) for every child who is eligible for SSI benefits.

Experienced MAXIMUS SSI advocacy professionals help agencies like yours gain both financial and programmatic benefits. Our comprehensive SSI/SSDI advocacy projects enable child welfare agencies to enroll between 10 and 15 percent of their foster care population into SSI benefits and nearly 7 percent into SSDI benefits. We manage SSI advocacy projects across the nation, successfully advocating for SSI and SSDI benefits for children in foster care that can make a significant difference in their lives.