When a child age 15 to 17 files his or her own claim, determine whether the child
is emancipated or living outside of parental control, and can be presumed capable
as discussed in GN 00502.070B.1. in this section:
If yes, pay the child directly.
If no, determine why the child's parent is not filing the claim and whether he or she exercises
control over the child.
If the parent is exercising control over the child, decide whether the parent should
be the payee. (Generally, a parent with interest in and exercising control over a
child would be the preferred payee.) However, if you are uncertain of the parent's
interest and the child has shown the ability to handle finances, pay the child directly.
If the child has a legal guardian, ask why the guardianship was established. Follow
GN 00502.003 to develop capability.
If you cannot find a qualified payee and the child is not capable, refer the case
to a social agency for a special investigation into the child's welfare and for a
recommendation for a payee. Pending this recommendation, either pay the child directly
(if permitted) or suspend benefits per GN 00504.110.
You must document the social agency’s recommendation or findings:
Cases established in the electronic Representative Payee System (eRPS) (a payee application is taken or will be taken, whether the application is denied
On the Beneficiary Details page, using the Add Report of Contact link, complete the
RPOC. In the “Report” section write “CAPA-SOCIAL AGY CONTACT” before adding your details
(see MS INTRANETERPS 016.002).
Cases not established in eRPS (e.g., the payee does not have an SSN):
Title 2 or Concurrent--Complete the Report of Contact (RPOC). In the “Report” section,
write “CAPA-SOCIAL AGY CONTACT” before adding your details (see MS MCS 008.007).
Title 16--Complete the Report of Contact (DROC). In the “Report Text” section write
“CAPA-SOCIAL AGY CONTACT” before adding your details (see MS MSSICS 022.010).
NOTE: If you are unable to establish a RPOC in MCS and MSSICS, use the paper Form SSA-5002
(Report of Contact) for your documentation and scan into NDRED or eView.