IM-215 12/10/01 CLARIFICATION
OF GRANDPARENTS AS FOSTER PARENTS
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
|CLARIFICATION OF GRANDPARENTS AS FOSTER PARENTS CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE|
|The intent of the Grandparents As Foster
Parents (GAFP) program is to provide supports similar to those provided
to Foster Parents. Child Care Assistance is one such support. This
memorandum will clarify issues that have surfaced in the provision of child
care assistance to GAFP families. Memorandum IM-28, CS-00-02 dated
February 3, 2000 addressed the application process when a GAFP program
participant applies for child care.
Application and Approval Time Frames
If a GAFP payee applies for child care assistance, the eligibility determination is to be made by Income Maintenance as quickly as possible. In many instances, application for child care is made at the same time as the GAFP application. Often, eligibility for GAFP has not yet been determined when the child care assistance application becomes due. If the household's eligibility for child care assistance is dependent on the approval for GAFP (zero income budgeted), leave the application pending until eligibility for GAFP has been determined. This will avoid unnecessary rejections and reapplications.
Need for Child Care Assistance
The receipt of GAFP in and of itself does not qualify the family for child care assistance. Things to consider when a GAFP payee requests child care assistance are:
Sliding Fee and Copayments
A grandchild authorized for child care in a GAFP eligibility unit is considered a child with special needs. The sliding fee is waived in these cases.
Child care assistance received under the GAFP program line is authorized through the Income Maintenance FAMIS system. Child care providers may collect a copayment from families if their fee exceeds the DFS reimbursement.