If your GED program is less than 20 hours a week, you may be asked to do community service or other training as well.
This rule does not apply if you are within 60 days of turning age 20.
Call your local Legal Services for more advice or legal representation.
You still have a right to file your own application for TAFDC benefits without your parents, even if you live with them.
Unless you have graduated, if you are under 20 you must be in high school, middle or elementary school OR a in a full-time GED (high school equivalency) program of at least 20 hours per week.
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Many teenage girls are concerned with the way they look and are dissatisfied with their bodies and their weight.
You must be in school or a GED program at least 75% of the time (15 hours out of a 20 hour program) to be eligible for TAFDC benefits.
If you need help getting into school, ask your DTA worker.
A teen specialist under contract with DSS will contact you and look at whether you can continue with your parents, in a teen living program, or on your own.
You should not be forced to live at home if you fear abuse, if your parent(s) refuse to support you, there is substance abuse in the home, if the home has code violations, OR if there are any other "extraordinary circumstances." The teen specialist’s job is to find out why you cannot live at home and make a recommendation Be sure to tell her ALL the reasons.
You can also ask your school guidance counselor or other professionals who know you to call or write the teen specialist.
If the teen specialist agrees you cannot go home, DTA may find you a teen living program to go or advise you of the waiver rules for 17 year olds.
If your TAFDC is being cut, you have a the right to an advance written notice.