1810.020.00 Eligibility Requirements

1810.020.20.10 Relationship of Child to Parent or Caretaker Relative

IM-155 December 1, 2017

42 CFR 435.4 defines a parent or caretaker relative as a relative of a dependent child by blood, adoption, or marriageĀ with whom the child is living, who assumes primary responsibility for the child’s care, and who is one of the following:

  • The child’s father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother (including half), sister (including half), stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, or niece.
  • The spouse of such parent or relative, even after the marriage is terminated by death or divorce.

Only a parent or caretaker relative as defined above may receive MHF benefits.

The custodial parent/caretaker relative may claim the child as a dependent on income taxes, but is not required to.