Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Treatment of Child Support Income

Revised:

22.3

COUNTING CHILD SUPPORT IN THE FAMILIES FIRST BUDGET

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If the absent parent is paying child support to a Families First assistance unit or applicant, the caseworker must determine if the absent parent owes child support arrears to the caretaker in order to establish the amount of child support to enter in the eligibility and case management system.  Instructions on how to make this determination and how to code the eligibility and case management system are found in the Procedures section of this chapter.

 

The child support plus any other countable income that the AU has is used to determine Families First eligibility in the GIS and CNS tests.  If the assistance unit is eligible with the child support included, the child support is removed from the calculation that determines the grant amount.  The Budget Effective Date in the eligibility and case management system will ensure that the child support is removed from the grant calculation appropriately.  Therefore, it is critical that the caseworker enter the correct Budget Effective Date.  Establishing the correct Budget Effective Date is discussed in the Procedures section of this chapter.

 

Once the grant amount is calculated after taking into account any earned and/or unearned income, the remaining unmet need for the assistance unit can be filled by any child support collected for the children in that month. 

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