Financial Support Services

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several; unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together. Anyone may apply for SNAP benefits. The program helps households that have limited income and resources. 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to needy families. The payment amount depends on the number of children and the household income. Payments are made on a monthly basis. It may take up to 45 days to be certified for this benefit. You may not receive TANF for a related child in your home if you receive a Foster Care payment.

Earned Income Tax Credit is for persons currently employed and for grandparents who work and are raising their grandchildren. This tax credit on your income tax return will be based on your income and the number of grandchildren you are raising. It requires a special schedule EIC attachment to your income tax return.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Emergency/Crisis Intervention Services help pay the cost of emergency needs, such as shelter, utilities, school expenses, furniture, legal expenses associated with gaining formal custody, and other additional expenses incurred by grandparents (age 60 and older or disabled) when a child or children come to live with them. These grandparents must demonstrate a need for emergency services and have an income of less than 160 percent of the federal poverty level. This benefit will provide a maximum of three months of TANF benefits in a one-time, lump-sum payment.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Subsidy Payment is a payment of $50 per child per month available at the choice of the grandparent(s) (age 60 and older or disabled) to cover additional expenses associated with rearing their grandchildren.

Relative Foster Care is a payment to support the care of children who are in the custody of DFCS due to a substantiated allegation of abuse or neglect. Grandparents/relatives of children in DFCS custody who are interested in becoming a foster parent must meet the minimum standards requirement. Foster home minimum standards include 20 hours of IMPACT pre-service training and a family assessment involving a comprehensive background check. The current basic family foster care payment rate of $13.68, $15.50, or $17.75 a day is based on the age of the child.

Relative Care Subsidy (RCS) provides financial assistance to approved grandparent/relative resources for a child formerly in the custody of DFCS. Grandparents/relatives eligible for RCS must be related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption. The court transfers legal custody from DFCS to the grandparent/relative.

Subsidized Guardianship and Enhanced Subsidized Guardianship Rates (SG or ESG) may be considered for a grandparent/relative caregiver for a child formerly in the custody of DFCS for a minimum of 12 months. The grandparent/relative guardian may be eligible to receive a payment of 80 percent of the current basic family foster care rates if requirements are met. If the grandparent/relative is not eligible for the ESG payment, then he/she may be eligible to receive a $10.00 per day Subsidized Guardianship rate.

Right from the Start Medicaid Program provides Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and children under the age of 19. Working families may be eligible even if both parents live in the home or if other insurance coverage is in place. For more information or to apply call Right from the Start Medicaid at 1-800-809-7276 or visit RSM Services.

Child Support is a regular payment provided by the child’s parents that can be used to help cover a child’s living expenses. It can also include other benefits, such as health or dental insurance coverage. Determining the amount of child support to be paid is based on the Child Support Guidelines, a formula-driven application taking all related expenses and incomes into account.

Grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren may be eligible to receive child support on behalf of the children they are raising. 

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