Department of Human Services
Families First Online Policy Manual
A Family Cap prohibits an increase in the cash payments when a newborn is added to the assistance unit.† It is applied when:
∑ The AU has applied for Families First and the birth occurs more than ten (10) calendar months after the application month.
∑ The AU has applied, has stopped receiving assistance, has subsequently reapplied, been determined eligible and the birth occurs more than ten (10) calendar months after the reapplication month.
Exception: †The Family Cap may also be applied to a child born after or during a period of ineligibility but within 10 months of the reapplication.† The criteria for application of this policy are discussed later in this chapter.
When the Family Cap is applied to a newborn, the AUís cash payment will not exceed the maximum assistance payment for the AU without the new child.† For example, if the AU consists of a mother, her son and a Family Cap child, the cash payment will not exceed the maximum payment amount for a two-person AU.† The Family Cap will not affect other increases in benefits, as long as the increase does not exceed the maximum assistance payment for the AU without the newborn.
∑ Though the Families First payment will not be increased, a Family Cap child is a member of the assistance unit in all other aspects.† Therefore, the Family Cap child:
- Will be included in determining the GIS and the CNS amounts for the AU.
- Is subject to child support, enumeration, immunizations, school attendance, and all other eligibility requirements.
∑ Child care is provided for the Family Cap child if necessary for the participant to meet her work requirement.
∑ The Family Cap policy applies to children born to a woman who:
- Is a member of the assistance unit.
- Would have been a mandatory AU member except for technical ineligibility, such as a SSI recipient or illegal alien.
- Conceived during receipt of assistance.
∑ Family Cap policy applies to both single parent and two-adult assistance units.
∑ Family Cap still applies when the non-Family Cap children leave the home or age-out leaving only the Family Cap child and the EA caretaker.† The maximum grant would be the amount for the caretaker only.
∑ Family Cap still applies when the parent is a NA caretaker, such as a SSI recipient, and the non-Family cap children leave the home or age out leaving only the Family Cap child and the caretaker.† The Families First grant would be $0, but the case would remain open.