CHILD CARE MANUAL

2010.025.00 CITIZENSHIP

United States (U.S.) citizenship or qualified alien status is required for children needing Child Care Subsidy. Child Care Subsidy is only available to a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien.

  • Verify the U.S. citizenship of children for whom Child Care Subsidy benefits are requested at the time of application only if it is questionable.
    • Any individual born in the United States is considered a U.S. citizen, including children whose parents are not U.S. citizens, such as undocumented alien parents, parents with student visas, or parents with lawful temporary resident status.
  • Verify qualified alien status for all applicable children for whom Child Care Subsidy benefits are requested at the time of application.

U.S. citizenship or qualified alien status is not a requirement for household members for whom Child Care Subsidy benefits are not requested. If the information is available, record non-citizenship information for all members in the family.

Acceptable forms of documentation to verify U.S. citizenship or qualified alien status are:

  • U.S. Passport;
  • Certificate of U.S. Naturalization (N-550 or N-570);
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);
  • Birth Certificate or IBTH documentation (if born in Missouri);
  • Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350);
  • Consular Report of Birth (FS-240);
  • Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545);
  • U.S. Citizen ID card (I-197) or Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the United States (I-179);
  • American Indian card (I-872);
  • Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) card (I-873);
  • Final adoption decree;
  • Hospital record on hospital letterhead (for children under 5 years of age only);
  • Life or health insurance record showing a U.S. place of birth created at least five years prior to application for benefits;
  • U.S. state vital statistics official notification of birth registration;
  • Statement signed by a physician or midwife present at the time of birth;
  • Institutional admission papers showing a U.S. place of birth created at least five years prior to application for benefits; or

Medical (clinic, doctor, or hospital) records created at least five years prior to application for benefits.