Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Treatment of Child Support Income




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The goal of Families First is to assist individuals in moving from welfare to economic self-sufficiency.  Using child support to “fill-the-gap” of an assistance unit’s unmet need is a critical tool to achieve this goal.  An assistance unit may be eligible to receive child support pass-through payments and Families First payments simultaneously.


In order to receive Families First, the applicant/recipient must agree to assign to the state all child support while receiving Families First cash benefits.  However, this does not mean that the client cannot receive Families First and child support payments at the same time.  The AU can receive both Families First and child support if eligible for child support pass-through payments.  Refer to Eligibility Determination for Child Support Pass-Through Payments. 



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