Whenever children are not able to safely remain at home with their parents, a relative or on-relative caregiver who is willing and able to provide care for the child is the next best alternative.
If you are a Relative Caregiver, you are able to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps (FS) through My ACCESS as soon as a child is placed in your care. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement is required for both benefits (all household income is included for FS determination).
Relative Caregiver Funds
- You may be able to receive this benefit once a child is adjudicated dependent by a Florida Court, and other eligibility criteria are met (also based on Florida Residency).
- If you are already receiving TANF benefits when the child is adjudicated, your Dependency Care Manager will submit a Relative Caregiver form to update the case, and change the TANF funds to Relative Caregiver funds.
- If you are not receiving TANF benefits when the child is adjudicated, the Dependency Care Manager will provide the Relative Caregiver form and you will apply for TANF through ACCESS Florida.
- This is a child only benefit, household income will not be included in the determination and sibling income will not be included.
- Relative Caregiver payments for children with no countable income are as follows: Ages 0-5 $242, 6-12 $249, 13-17 $298.
If you are a Non-Relative Caregiver (NRCG), you are able to apply for Food Stamps as soon as a child is placed in your care, cooperation with Child Support Enforcement is required (all household income is included for FS determination). When the child is adjudicated dependent by the court, you may request Non-Relative Caregiver Funds.
Non-Relative Caregiver Funds
- You may be able to receive financial assistance once a child is adjudicated dependent by a Florida Court, and other eligibility criteria are met (also based on Florida Residency).
- Your Dependency Care Manager will complete a paper application with you, and submit the application for you.
- NRCG monthly payments for children with no countable income are as follows: Ages 0-5 $242, 6-12 $249, 13-17 $298
Information for Relative and Non-Relative Caregivers
- You are able to apply for Food Stamps (FS) through My ACCESS as soon as a child is placed in your care. Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement is required for both benefits (all household income is included for FS determination).
- If the children in your care receive any type of Social Security income or child support income, you will need to take a certified copy of the court order placing the child in your care to the Social Security office, or to the Department of Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement office. You will be applying to become the payee of the child’s account, to receive the funds on behalf of the child in your care.
- If you are determined eligible for any benefits, you will need to reapply at least every 6-12 months depending on the benefits you receive. If the parent lives in the home, the caregiver cannot receive any type of cash assistance (TANF and Relative/Non–Relative Caregiver Assistance) for the children, even if the court allows the parent to live in the home.
- If you have been given a daycare referral, you will need to speak with someone at Early Learning Coalition (ELC) regarding the referral.
Contact Information: Melbourne: (321) 752-3290 or (321) 752-3291 and Rockledge: (321) 637-1800
- If a child under the age of 5 has been placed in your care, you are able to apply for WIC to receive healthy foods and nutrition education.
Contact Information: (321) 639-5800
For additional information, please contact our Client Relations Specialist at (321) 752-4650 ext. 3082, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the Client Assistance Form below
We’re aware that our clients and their families may need assistance navigating our System of Care. Contact our Client Relations Specialist for assistance finding the answers to your questions. Brevard Family Partnership is dedicated to providing a superior quality of care through a network of Community Partners responsible for delivering resources and support to the children and families of Brevard County. Our System of Care is designed to be family-centered, strength-based, culturally sensitive and inclusive.
For more information on Relative Caregiver Benefits, please contact (321) 752-4650 or visit the following web site: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/tanf.shtml
To apply for FL Department of Children and Families Relative Caregiver Benefits, please visit the following web site: http://myflorida.com/accessflorida
Click here for our Caregiver Input Form
Submit the Caregiver Input Form to the Dependency Care Manager who will submit to the court. When completed by the caregiver, the form allows the court and the Department to make informed decisions regarding the child’s best interest. Additionally, you have the right to attend and speak at all court hearings.