Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Family Cap

Revised:

36.1

POLICY STATEMENT

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A Family Cap prohibits an increase in the cash payments when a newborn is added to the assistance unit.It is applied when:

 

        The AU has applied for Families First and the birth occurs more than ten (10) calendar months after the application month.

 

        The AU has applied, has stopped receiving assistance, has subsequently reapplied, been determined eligible and the birth occurs more than ten (10) calendar months after the reapplication month.

 

Exception: The Family Cap may also be applied to a child born after or during a period of ineligibility but within 10 months of the reapplication.The criteria for application of this policy are discussed later in this chapter.

 

When the Family Cap is applied to a newborn, the AUís cash payment will not exceed the maximum assistance payment for the AU without the new child.For example, if the AU consists of a mother, her son and a Family Cap child, the cash payment will not exceed the maximum payment amount for a two-person AU.The Family Cap will not affect other increases in benefits, as long as the increase does not exceed the maximum assistance payment for the AU without the newborn.

 

        Though the Families First payment will not be increased, a Family Cap child is a member of the assistance unit in all other aspects.Therefore, the Family Cap child:

 

-       Will be included in determining the GIS and the CNS amounts for the AU.

 

-       Is subject to child support, enumeration, immunizations, school attendance, and all other eligibility requirements.

 

        Child care is provided for the Family Cap child if necessary for the participant to meet her work requirement.

 

        The Family Cap policy applies to children born to a woman who:

 

-       Is a member of the assistance unit.

 

-       Would have been a mandatory AU member except for technical ineligibility, such as a SSI recipient or illegal alien.

 

-       Conceived during receipt of assistance.

 

        Family Cap policy applies to both single parent and two-adult assistance units.

 

        Family Cap still applies when the non-Family Cap children leave the home or age-out leaving only the Family Cap child and the EA caretaker.The maximum grant would be the amount for the caretaker only.

 

        Family Cap still applies when the parent is a NA caretaker, such as a SSI recipient, and the non-Family cap children leave the home or age out leaving only the Family Cap child and the caretaker.The Families First grant would be $0, but the case would remain open.

 

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