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Examples of FS Unit status when a foster person is in the home:

Example 1: Mr. and Mrs. D live with their son, age 10, and a foster child, age 14. The D family buys and prepares food in common with the foster child. The family receives monthly foster care payments for the foster child.

The D family has the option of:

  • claiming the foster child is a boarder (non-FS unit member). This makes the foster care payment the foster child's income, not the family's income; or
  • including the foster child as a member of their FS case. This makes the foster care payment nonexempt unearned income for the FS case.

Example 2: Mr. and Mrs. M are foster parents for a 16-year old girl. The 16-year-old has a baby who is not in foster care. Mr. and Mrs. M are applying for food stamps for all 4 of them. Exclude the 16-year-old as a boarder, at Mr. and Mrs. M's request. Approve food stamps for Mr. and Mrs. M and the baby.

Example 3: Mr. and Mrs. S are foster parents for Ms. F, a l7-year-old. Mr. and Mrs. S are not on, nor are they applying for food stamps. Ms. F is RPY for her baby's TANF case. She is applying for food stamps for the baby because she says she buys and prepares the baby's food separately from everyone else in the home. Approve food stamps for the baby only. Use the TANF check as the only income for the food stamp case.

DCFS Child Living with Relatives

When a DCFS payment (except Adoption Care Assistance) is made for a child, the child is considered a foster child for food stamps.

Child Not Included in FS Unit

If the FS unit decides to exclude the foster child from the FS unit, do not budget any of the child's income. This includes the DCFS payment.

Example: Ms. K receives food stamps. Her 14-year old sister Mary, who is a DCFS child, lives with her. Mary is eligible for an SSI payment. Since Mary is a DCFS ward, the SSI payment goes directly to DCFS. DCFS provides Ms. K with a monthly payment to care for Mary. Mary is considered a foster child for food stamp purposes. Ms. K chose to exclude Mary from the FS unit. Mary's income from DCFS and SSI is not budgeted for Ms. K's food stamps.

Child Included in FS Unit

If the FS unit decides to include the foster child in the FS unit, budget:

  • the child's income paid to DCFS,
  • the child's income paid to the FS unit, and
  • the portion of the DCFS payment that is more than the amount of the child's income paid to DCFS.

Count the full amount of the ward's income paid to DCFS even if the FS unit does not actually receive the money.

To determine if there is a DCFS payment to budget, subtract the ward's income paid to DCFS from the total DCFS payment to the relative. Budget any amount remaining.

Do not count the DCFS payment for the ward as income to the FS unit when the ward's income paid to DCFS is greater than the DCFS payment.

Example 1: FS unit consists of Ms. W and her niece, Sally. Sally is a DCFS child. DCFS is the guardian and receives Sally's SSI in the amount of $470. DCFS pays Ms. W $252. They keep the rest of Sally's SSI ($218) in an account for her. Count the whole SSI payment of $470 for food stamps. Do not count the DCFS payment.

Total DCFS payment $252
SSI paid to DCFS -470
Amount of DCFS payment to budget $ 0

Example 2: Michael lives with his grandmother and DCFS is his guardian. His Social Security benefit of $130 is paid to DCFS. DCFS pays his grandmother $252 for his care.

Total DCFS payment $252
SSA paid to DCFS -130
Amount of DCFS payment to budget $122

Budget Michael's SSA of $130 and $122 of the DCFS payment for food stamps.