Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Living in the Home With a Relative

Revised:

14.2

EXCEPTIONS

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When there is a situation of joint custody, the caseworker must look at each situation on a case by case basis.  If the child lives with both parents, then deprivation must exist based on incapacity or unemployed parent policy unless the child lives with each parent for extended periods.  In that case, the child may meet the deprivation by absence criteria and would be eligible to be included in the home of the parent with whom he/she resides at the time of application.  When the child goes to live with the other parent, eligibility ceases to exist with the first parent.

 

Eligibility can continue for Families First during temporary absences from the home for either the child or the relative.  A temporary absence of the child or relative is of short duration with specific intentions of returning on or about a specific date.  In addition, the relative must continue to provide care and control of the child even though either the child or the relative is temporarily absent from the customary family setting.  Any absence of either the child or relative which will extend beyond three months must be studied carefully to determine if the relative actually retains care and control of the child for a major portion of each month.

 

Some examples of when Families First benefits can be granted or continued for a child who is temporarily out of the home are when the child:

 

·        Is away on a visit.

 

·        Is in the hospital temporarily for treatment.

 

·        Attends summer camp.

 

·        Attends an accredited or approved school away from home for the primary purpose of academic education or vocational/technical training because the school facilities to meet this child’s special needs are not available in his/her own community or within commuting distance.

 

·        Attends a college, university or other vocational school on a scholarship or other grant that is not available in his/her own community.

 

·        Is temporarily in a psychiatric facility and has not been placed there by a court order.

 

·        Is in a maternity home.

 

A child with special needs includes one who is especially gifted in a particular area such as an academically gifted or artistically gifted child or one who has a physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.  A facility that is established primarily for the purpose of providing child care or which is licensed for that purpose does not qualify as an accredited or approved school regardless of what the facility might be called.

 

Some examples of when Families First benefits can be granted or continued for a relative who is temporarily out of the home are when the relative:

 

·        Is away on a visit.

 

·        Is providing some care for a spouse or child who is hospitalized.

 

·        Is attending a specialized training facility not available in his/her home community such as those through the Services for the Blind or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

·        Is in the hospital for treatment of an acute illness or injury.

 

·        Is in a maternity home.

 

·        Is in a convalescent care facility for the purpose of obtaining special care that is not available in the home.

 

·        Is absent for the purpose of setting up a home to which he/she will move the child.

 

·        Is temporarily in a psychiatric facility and has not been placed there by a court order and will be absent for no more than six months.

 

A person who resides in a maternity home may be eligible for Families First benefits.  Eligibility is determined as though she was currently living on her own or in a foster home.  The period of time spent in a maternity home is a temporary absence from her usual home and eligibility is established based on the circumstances that exist there.  If the home situation is being dissolved, eligibility is determined based on the situation as it currently exists.  Residents of a maternity home may apply either in the county of their usual residence or in the county where the maternity home is located.

 

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