Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual





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To be eligible for Families First, a child must be living in the home of a parent or certain relative who is within a specified degree of relationship to the child.  Relatives within the specified degree of relationship are listed below. 


·        Any blood relative, i.e. father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, or first cousin once removed.  This includes relationships to preceding generations, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, great uncles/aunts, and great-great-great- grandparents.


·        Any of the above relatives who are of half-blood relationship.


·        Stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother and stepsister.


·        Legally adoptive parents of the child or of the child’s parents, the natural and other legally adopted children of such persons, and the blood relatives of such persons, including first cousins, first cousins once removed, nephews, and nieces.


·        Legal spouses of any of the persons named in the above groups.  This applies even though the marriage may have been terminated by death or divorce.


·        The caretaker relative does not have to be the legal guardian or custodian of the child in order to receive Families First benefits for the child.  Blood relationships within a specified degree of the child and relative are the eligibility requirement for Families First purposes. 



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