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Q: special needs adoption/ssi benefits
OUR QUESTION IS THIS, WE ATR A LGBT COUPLE, WITH ME BEING TRANSGENDER AND MY WIFE BEING LESBIAN, WE HAVE ADOPTED A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD, A GIRL, AND WANT TO APPLY FOR SSI BENEFITS FOR HER, CAN WE DO IT AND HOW CAN WE DO IT?
A: Response from Diane Tomaz
Thank you for your question. If you adopted your daughter through the Dept. of Children and Families, you should contact their Subsidy Dept. at 617.748.2000.
If you adopted through another means, you will need to apply through the Social Security Admin. directly. Read here to see if you will qualify:https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf
Best, Diane https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf
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Prior to her arrival at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in 2010, Diane Tomaz taught kindergarten, ESL to adult learners, and Spanish and English literature to high school students. Today she works to raise the general public's awareness of the need for safe, loving adoptive families for children in foster care.