TANF: ELIGIBILITY – Child Only TANF with Bio/Adopted Parent(s) NOT in the Home

  1. What does a child only case look like when a Bio/Adopted parent is not in the home?
    • Caretaker Relative must be with the 5th degree of relationship. (Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, older siblings etc.)
    • Caretaker Relative would not be included in the benefits for a child only case.
  2. Is the Caretaker Relative’s income included on the TANF case?
    • If the caretaker relative is not included in TANF benefits, then the income of the caretaker is not included.
    • If the entire household is eligible for SNAP benefits, then the caretaker relative’s income would be considered for SNAP.
  3. What are the requirements for the child to be eligible?
    • Child must be less than 18 years old or the child is 18 years old and will graduate from High School before they turn 19 years old.
    • Child cannot be receiving SSI, Foster Care or Adoption Subsidy.
  4. Does the Caretaker Relative have to participate in TANF Work?
    • If the caretaker relative is not included in the TANF benefits, then they are not required to participate in TANF Work.
  5. When are reviews due on child only cases?
    • Child only cases should be reviewed every 12 months or sooner.
    • Child only cases that have a penalty need to be reviewed every 6 months or sooner.
  6. What penalties can be applied to child only cases when the Bio/Adopted parent is NOT in the home?
    • No Social Security Number
    • School attendance
    • Immunizations
    • Non-cooperation penalty for child support cannot be applied to a child only case when the Bio/Adopted parent is not in the home. The caretaker relative must name both the mother and the father of child(ren) to determine deprivation for TANF eligibility but they do not have to cooperate with Oklahoma Child Support Services.
  7. Are child only cases with the Bio/Adoptive parent NOT in the home eligible for Support Services or Supported Permanency Services?
    • Support Services are available for child only cases when the Bio/Adopted parent is NOT in the home. H-4-A is used to determine amounts allowed.
    • Supported Permanency can only be used when the Bio/Adopted parent is NOT in the home and is approved by Child Welfare with form DCFS-77.
  8. What forms are required to complete a Child only application or review?
    • Completed Request for Benefits (PS-1)
    • Completed Eligibility Information for Benefits (FSS-1) from FACS
    • Signed Responsibilities and Signature for Benefits (FSS-1-B)
    • Lump Sum Payments (FSS-C-4)
    • Absent Parent Information Sheets (FSS-AP-1-A)
    • Cooperation Agreement and Request for Good Cause (C-9)
    • Non-Custodial Parent Letter (ADM-95)
    • School Attendance Verification 08AD010E (ADM-96)
    • Immunization Certificate of Exemption, if needed 08TA017E (FSS-TANF-1)
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