Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Standards Set for Children's Aid Eligibility for Federal Benefits Are Both Established and Specific

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Standards Set for Children's Aid Eligibility for Federal Benefits Are Both Established and Specific

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Q: I have some questions about the AFDC program. First, what is it?

A: The letters stand for Aid to Families with Dependent Children. It is a government program designed to provide financial help to needy, dependent children and their eligible, related guardians.

***** Q: Who is eligible for AFDC benefits? A: Families with low income and few resources and with minor children who lack parental support because of the death, incapacity or absence of one parent may be eligible for the benefits. Also possibly eligible are low-income, low-resource families with two parents, when at least one of the parents has been working but is now unemployed or has a very low income. In addition, you can apply for AFDC as a nonparent, caretaker relative if you are caring for a minor child to whom you are related as a brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin or other specified relative. ***** Q: Where do I apply? A: Go to the nearest office of the Missouri Division of Family Services. You can locate it by looking in the blue-page section of the telephone book under Government Offices-State. ***** Q: What information should I take? A: You will need birth certificates for all dependent children, your and the children's Social Security numbers, information on your income and financial resources, for example, tax returns, personal-property-tax receipts, bank statements and some kind of personal identification such as a driver's license. It's a good idea to call the DFS office before you go to get more specifics, because the sooner you provide the needed information the sooner you will get a decision on benefits. ***** Q: Finally, how long does it take to find out if an application is approved? A: DFS is supposed to decide within 45 days of the time you applied. If no decision is made in that period, you have the right to know the reason for the delay and to contest it. ***** Q: I recently emigrated from Russia to St. Louis. I want to get a car, but some friends told me about problems they've had with cars, both with using and buying them. Do you have any suggestions? A: Welcome to the U.S.A.! I hope all of your car experiences here are good ones. …

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