A TANF Filing Unit must include all eligible parents and siblings who live with a dependent child for whom TANF benefits are requested or received. The client cannot choose to exclude someone who must be included in the cash case.
A parent is listed as a mother, father or co-parent on a child's birth certificate.
A minor parent must be included in the filing unit with their siblings who receive or apply for TANF as dependent children unless:
- the minor parent is married or in a civil union; or
- cash is requested or received for a minor parent's child and the minor parent's child has both parents in the home, there is a separate filing unit for the 2 parents and their child.
Do not add a half-sibling to the filing unit unless the child is living with caretaker relative as defined at PM 03-05-01.