Participation is limited to young parents under age 20 who are applying for or receiving TANF, FamilyCare/All Kids Assist, Family Assist, Moms and Babies, SNAP benefits, Family Case Management, or WIC.
Participation in TPS is required as part of the activity requirement for a custodial parent under age 20 applying for or receiving TANF, if they do not have their high school diploma or GED. A teen parent under age 20 who does not have their high school diploma or GED must attend elementary school, high school, literacy training, English as a second language (ESL), or GED classes.
When a teen parent who does not have a high school diploma or GED applies for TANF, the eligibility worker completes a brief RSP that only includes keeping an appointment with Teen Parent Services (TPS).
When a teen parent who has a high school diploma or GED applies for TANF, the eligibility worker develops a complete RSP and includes a voluntary referral to TPS for advocacy. If the teen does not go to TPS, it does not affect TANF eligibility.
For teen parents receiving TANF, failure to participate without good cause results in sanction when reconciliation is unsuccessful (see PM 03-13-05).
There are no exemption reasons for a custodial parent under age 20 receiving TANF who does not have a high school diploma or GED. The recognized barriers listed in PM 21-01-04 may affect a person's participation and are considered in deciding which program activities are appropriate. Pregnancy is recognized as a medical barrier for the 6 weeks prior to the expected date of delivery and for 12 weeks after birth (see PM 21-01-04-a). A teen parent may be considered for a Family Violence Exclusion. See PM 21-01-05.
Young parents who do not receive TANF may volunteer to participate in the program. They may receive the full range of available services. Supportive service payments may be made when the young parent participates in TPS through a contractor.
Do not take any negative action on the case if a young parent who does not receive TANF fails or refuses to comply with TPS program requirements.
Budget constraints may limit the number of persons who receive TPS services.