Maximizing Your Single Mom Benefits
By Taezsa Smith & John Renzo Cabungan
There are various reasons that individuals may find themselves in a single parent family structure. These include the following:
Death of the partner
Intentional artificial insemination
It is also worth noting that eighty-three percent of single parents in the United States are mothers. Among this percentage forty-five percent of single mothers are either divorced or separated, thirty-four percent are never married and one and seven-tenths percent are widowed.
Whichever of these reasons is relevant to you, one fact stands true and it is that raising a child or children alone is NOT easy.
So here I’ll give you a list of programs that you can apply for so you can maximize your benefits as a single mom and I’ll give you pointers on how to avail them.
A resident of California,
either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age,
a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident,
having low or very low income and other resources, and
either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed, or about to become unemployed.
According to the CDSS CalWORKS website, specific eligibility requirements include an applicant’s citizenship, age, income, resources, assets and other factors. Generally, services are available to:
Families that have a child(ren) in the home who has been deprived of parental support or care because of the absence, disability or death of either parent.