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SSA does not pay benefits directly to a child under age 18. And, if she is not living with you, she is no longer eligible for dependent benefits. She does not have the right to request benefits be paid directly to her.
I hope that provides some insight into the SSA response. She could request a review of how her benefits are being spent, but it sounds like you pay more for her care than you receive.
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