A child away from home can still be part of the TANF, FamilyCare/All Kids Assist, or GA-FCA case if:
- the caretaker retains at least partial financial responsibility for the child; and
- the caretaker is still in charge of the child's care and supervision; and
- a court did not remove the child from the home; and
- DHS - ODD/OMH did not place the child outside the home in one of its Individual Care Programs; and
- the child says the caretaker relative or legal guardian's home is their home; and
- the absence is expected to be less than 3 months. For TANF or Assist, the child can be away for more than 3 months if the child is:
- away at college or a job training program; or
- a student in a specialized State of Illinois residential school, such as the Illinois School for the Deaf or Blind; or
- in the hospital (this includes newborn babies who have never been home) or other medical treatment facility; or
- attending a residential high school or program that provides a regular curriculum of instruction equivalent to that which leads to a high school diploma.
When DCFS removes a child from the home or plans to return a child to the home and identifies the family as a Norman case, the caretaker and child may receive TANF for a limited time (see PM 04-01-08).