Exceptions to the required living arrangements for minor parents are allowed as follows:
- The minor parent has no parent or legal guardian who is living or the whereabouts of the parent or guardian is unknown;
- The minor parent has no legal living parent or legal guardian that will allow the minor parent to live in his/her home;
- The Family Support Division determines that the physical or emotional health or safety of the minor parent or dependent child would be jeopardized;
- The minor parent lived apart from any parent or legal guardian for a period of at least one year prior to the birth of the dependent child or applying for benefits;
- There is good cause for the minor parent and dependent child to receive assistance while living apart from a parent or adult relative or in an adult supervised supportive living arrangement.
If a minor parent claims to meet one of the reasons for exemption, use an appropriate source of verification, which would include a written statement by the applicant/participant to establish that the reason for exemption exists.