To be considered a “dependent child”, a child must be in one of the following categories:
The child is 17 years old or younger
The child is 18 years old and is enrolled full time in school
The child is between 18 and 22 years old and is receiving special education services
A “benefit group” is the group of persons that can benefit from TANF. The “benefit group” is also used when it comes to determine if you are financially eligible for TANF benefits. The salaries made by the members of the benefit group, the house they own, the equipment they own for work, etc. will all be taken into consideration when you apply to get TANF benefits.
A “benefit group” can include:
A pregnant woman
A dependent child, all of his siblings (biological, half-sibling, adopted sibling or step siblings) that live with him in the same house as his guardian and the parents of this dependent child.
Normally, if you are under 18 years old, your parents will receive TANF benefits on your behalf even if you are yourself a parent.
However, you can receive TANF benefits in your own name if you satisfy the following requirements:
You are under 18
You are the parent of a child and you are the main person responsible for this child
You are not married
You finished high school or you are currently enrolled in a full-time program to finish high school or another training program that is approved by the Human Services Department
You live at home with your parents or guardian. There are certain circumstances where you do not have to live with your parents or guardian, for example, if you were the victim of abuse or if you do not have a parent or a guardian
Your parents are not already receiving TANF benefits for you
You will need to meet the income limits and have someone over the age of 18 to act as your “payee” and receive the benefits for you
If you meet all the above requirements, you can get TANF in your own name and your parents’ income will not be counted.
For more information on whether or not you are eligible, contact your local Income Support Division (ISD) office.
You can receive TANF benefits for only a total of 60 months (five years).
There are exceptions to the limit of 60 months. Those exceptions can apply to you if you were subjected to hardship or “extreme cruelty” or if you have been battered. This is the case if, for example, you are or have been the victim of physical or sexual abuse or if you can’t work because you are disabled.
The 60 months limit also does not apply to you if you were a minor AND were not the head of your household or married to the head of your household when your family started receiving TANF benefits.
However, if you were a minor and you were receiving TANF benefits on your own behalf this will count toward the 60 months limit.
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