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Infant Supplement Payment Eligibility

Q: I work with parenting youth, how do I know if they are eligible for the infant supplement payment? Can both parents receive the infant supplement payment for their child?

A: The Department of Social Services has issued an All County Information Notice clarifying infant supplement eligibility, ACIN NO. I-10-20. The department clarifies that the following parenting youth populations who are living with their non-dependent child are eligible:

  • Youth under delinquency jurisdiction who are residing in foster care.
  • Nonminor dependents (NMDs) in Extended Foster Care.
  • Youth in non-related legal guardianships receiving AFDC-FC payments.
  • Youth receiving Kin-Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) payments.
  • Youth receiving Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) payments.

The department further clarified that either male or female parenting youth may be eligible for an infant supplement and that all eligible teens and nonminor dependents be screened for current or expectant parents. Only one infant supplement may be paid per eligible child. If both parents are eligible, the infant supplement must be paid to the parent with primary physical custody of the child.

See more question of the week answers related to the infant supplement here.

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Do children of parenting NMDs count in 1:12 staffing ratio for THP+FC?

Q: I work for a THP+Foster Care provider and about a third of our participants are parenting youth. As a provider, we are required to maintain a ratio of one case manager to 12 youth. My question is: are the children of Non-Minor Dependents counted as clients in that ratio? Or does it include the parenting dependents only?

A: No, the children of NMDs are not counted in the 1:12 staffing ratio. The statute is clear that programs serving NMDs must maintain a program staffing ratio of case manager to client not to exceed 1 to 12. However, the children of parenting NMDs are not clients because the child is not placed with the THP+FC program.

Additionally, the THP+FC  foster care rate paid to providers is based on the personnel and resources costs associated with one person, not a parent and a child. Community Care Licensing confirmed this interpretation in a December meeting.

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Nurse Family Partnership program: a resource for parenting non-minor dependents

Q:  I participated in JBF’s web seminar last week on the needs of parenting youth in foster care. There was information presented about the Nurse Family Partnership program, which the presenters said improves prenatal health and outcomes for mothers.  Where can I learn more about this program and find an agency in my county?

A: The Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based program that has demonstrated benefits for both the child and the mother. Given the high incidence of parenting youth in extended foster care, making timely referrals to the Nurse Family Partnership is an important resource for non-minor dependents who are pregnant. To learn more about the Nurse Family Partnership and to locate an implementing agency, follow this LINK.

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Continuing to meet extended foster care participation conditions post-partum

Q:  I am working with a non-minor dependent who recently gave birth to a child. She is taking time off from her job to be with her newborn. Does she still qualify for extended foster care and if so, under which of the participation conditions?

A: Yes, the non-minor dependent would still be eligible for extended foster care. Birth of a child does not disqualify a non-minor dependent from participating in extended foster care. Under these circumstances, she would likely meet participation condition #5, which states that the non-minor dependent is incapable of meeting participation conditions #1 to #4 due to a medical condition.

The medical condition must be verified by a healthcare practitioner and written documentation is required that the medical condition renders the individual incapable of doing any the activities that would allow her to meet one of the other four participation conditions. For more information about condition #5, refer to ACL 11-61.

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