Qualified Dependent Children Survivor Benefits


How to Qualify

To qualify for a dependent child survivor benefit, the child must be the natural or adopted child of the member, and must have been declared disabled and incapable of earning a livelihood prior to the age of 21. The child shall not be disqualified if he/she marries, or is subsequently adopted.

Please note: If a dependent child was previously disqualified due to marriage or adoption prior to May 1, 2009, upon request, dependent child benefits may be reinstated by contacting the Disability Pensions Section at (213) 279-3165, or (844) 88-LAFPP.

Dependent Child Documentation

Copies of documentation establishing the child’s disability may be submitted to LAFPP in advance. Documentation must declare the child disabled prior to the age of 21 and incapable of earning a living.

The following documents may be submitted:

  • Medical records
  • School records
  • Proof of Social Security benefits
  • Assisted living or institutionalization records

In addition, the following information, where applicable, is required:

  • Birth certificate
  • Member’s marriage certificate
  • Dissolution decree
  • Guardianship/conservatorship papers
  • Special Needs Trust information

Documentation may be submitted in person or mailed to:

Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions
Disability Pensions Section
701 East Third Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Please note: Early submission of dependent child documentation is suggested. However, the determination as to whether the child qualifies for dependent child benefits will not be made until after the member’s death, as provided in the Los Angeles City Charter and Administrative Code. At that time, written request for the child to be granted dependent child status will be required.

Payment of Dependent Child Benefits

If the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners (Board) determines that the dependent child is an adult who is capable of managing his/her own financial affairs, the benefit will be paid directly to him/her. However, if the Board determines otherwise, the benefit will be paid to the dependent child’s guardian/conservator, unless it finds it is in the best interest of the dependent child to make payment to the trustee of a trust that meets the criteria of 42 U.S.C. Section 1396p(d)(4)(A), (B) or (C).


For information on dependent child survivor benefits, please contact the Disability Pensions Section at (213) 279-3165 or toll-free at (844) 88-LAFPP.