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What does having a "child in care" mean?
Having a "child in care" is a basic requirement for some benefits, including spouse's benefits for a spouse under age 62 and for mother's and father's benefits (see §415). "In care" means:
Exercising parental control and responsibility for the welfare and care of a child under age 16 or a mentally disabled child age 16 or over; or
Performing personal services for a physically disabled child age 16 or over.
The mother or father may exercise parental control and responsibility or perform personal services alone or together. When the child in care turns 16, the parent may continue to receive benefits if the child is disabled and the parent meets the requirements for having a disabled child in care.
Last Revised: Feb. 4, 2008
- When does a parent NOT meet the in-care requirements?
- Child in Care Requirement
- When is a surviving divorced parent entitled to father's or mother's insurance benefits?
- When is a widow(er) entitled to father's or mother's insurance benefits?
- Can a parent meet the in-care requirements during a separation from a child because of employment?
- Separation Due to Child's School Attendance
- What does "personal services" mean?
- Can a parent meet the in-care requirements while temporarily separated from a child?
- When do father's or mother's insurance benefits end?
- What does "parental control and responsibility" mean?
- Reporting Failure to Have a Child in Care
- When is a surviving child entitled to child's insurance benefits?
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