• September 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 8

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Eligibility and Access to Public Assistance Guide

The Center for Economic and Policy Research has created a guide to help child welfare and human services professionals assist children in foster care and transitioning youth access important public benefits. The guide provides professionals with eligibility and access tips and recommendations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The guide also includes a brief background on foster care, including 2010 statistics on the number of children in care, those who exited care, and information on their well-being.

Improving the Economic Security of Children in Foster Care and Young People Who are Transitioning From Foster Care: A Guide to Eligibility and Access to Food Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid was written by Shawn Fremstad, Consultant and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The guide is available on the First Focus website:

http://www.firstfocus.net/sites/default/files/Improving%20the%20Economic%20Security.._0.pdf (168 KB)

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