Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Age Requirement




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Age must be verified at each application.  Once the children’s age has been established it is not necessary to verify it again.  Verification is primarily the responsibility of the caretaker except when the information is already known to the Department or when it is more reasonable for the caseworker to obtain the needed information.  For example, if the caretaker needs to obtain birth verification for a child and this information is listed on Clearinghouse, it is more reasonable for the caseworker to obtain this information for the AU.


The age of an AU child will be verified using birth certificates, birth certificate information or delayed birth certificates.  Pending receipt of the birth certificate, the following information which is listed in order of priority may be used to establish the child’s age:


·        Hospital records.


·        Records of physician or mid-wife who attended the birth of the child.


·        Baptismal certificate.


·        School records that show the child’s age or date of birth.


·        Insurance policies that show the child’s age or date of birth.


·        Census Bureau records.


·        Unaltered family Bible records.


When any verification other than the birth certificate or Division of Vital Statistics records is used, the verification must be evaluated and more than one document should be used.


In the instance where none of this documentary evidence is available and the appearance of the child obviously corroborates the caretaker’s statement that the child is under 18 or 19, as appropriate, assistance may be approved pending receipt of the necessary documentary evidence.  However, efforts to obtain the verification must begin during the application process and must continue until the date of birth and exact age of the child is established.



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