I am the foster parent and soon-to-be adoptive parent of child whose birthfather passed away shortly after his birth. The child was placed with us at 7 days of age as a foster child and we have since agreed to adopt him and the birthmother's parental rights were voluntarily terminated(she asked us to adopt him). We have been in this process of adopting him for several months and expect to finalize the adoption in the next couple of months. Today I was told that the state has applied for survivor benefits for the child and they are supposedly in the works for him and he will continue to receive them after the adoption is complete. I find this incredibly unbelievable. The birthfather was in his 50's so I believe that the baby will qualify now but don't think so once the adoption is complete. Is this possible?
I just found this on Social Security's website. I am surprised! http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answ...MnA1X1FQams%3D
"Our daughter, who had two young children, passed away two years ago. Her husband is planning to remarry and his fiance wants to adopt the children after the marriage. Will the children lose the Social Security survivor's benefits that they currently receive?
No. The adoption of a child already entitled to survivor's benefits does not terminate the child's benefits."