(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Tuscarawas County kinship caregivers are eligible for childcare associated costs under H.B. No. 541.
A kinship caregiver is a person 18 years of age or older caring for a child in place of that child’s parents. Relatives by blood or marriage may qualify, as well as legal guardians and custodians of a child.
The Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services PRC Plan provides childcare funds under two types of programs: caregiving services and stabilization services. These funds are available only until depleted on a yearly basis.
Under stabilization services, the child under 18 years of age is the applicant and only eligible member. Funds can be used under this program to assist in the transition of the child into the new home. Items such as bedding, clothing, safety needs, daily living needs, personal needs, respite care, car seats, and routine childcare can be covered. Childcare funds cannot exceed a four-month period under this program, though.
Eligible kinship caregivers needing childcare assistance under caregiving services must have a minor child under age 13 or under age 18 if meeting the definition of special needs. Under this program, the kinship caregiver must be employed at least on a part-time basis or be involved in a training or educational activity under OWF or SNAP. The kinship child and caregiver/s will have to be determined eligible for this program under the PRC rules. Childcare assistance can be funded up to 10 months out of a 12-month period under this program.
If you have any questions or think you may qualify for this assistance, please contact the Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services office at 330-308-7738. An application is required.