Where to Find Financial Help
As much as you may want to care for your relative's child, there may be serious financial implications for you. If your residence is small or you live in an age-restricted neighborhood you may have to move. Food, clothing, medical care and other routine expenses may strap an already tight budget. If any of this is true you may want to consider exploring financial assistance that may be available on a monthly basis to help you care for your relative's child.
There are new requirements that citizenship be verified through original documents (original copies of birth certificates or passports) in order to be eligible for any financial programs. Information on obtaining birth certificates.
The following links will provide you with information on where and how to apply for various types of financial assistance that might be available to you, as well as some sound advice on other financial issues:
- Information on Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF), which may be available for the child even if the family is not eligible.
- Information on the Non-Needy Caretaker program through TANF, which helps many foster families.
- Forms to apply for TANF.
- A Pre-Screen Eligibility Tool to help you determine whether you qualify for Food Stamps .
- Help from the Three Square food bank on Food Stamp eligibility.
- Information on Social Security disability and survivor benefits, which your child may qualify for.
- An explanation of the Social Security disability process in Nevada.
- Information on the Earned Income Tax Credit, which many families with children qualify for.
- Help finding free assistance to fill out your income tax return.
- How to report tax fraud if other family members are using your relative's child for deductions.
- How to report welfare fraud if other family members are using your relative's child to qualify for benefits, either online or on the hotline at (702) 486-1875.
- Form letters to request a Credit Security Freeze if there is a danger that family members will use your relative's child information to get fraudulent credit.