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5.3 Determining the CCAP Family

ISSUE DATE: 12/2018

For information on what constitutes a family for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), see the definition of FAMILY in Chapter 2 (Glossary).

Who is in the CCAP Family?

  • · Parentally Responsible Individuals (PRIs) which include:
  • - Parents
  • - Step-parents
  • - Guardians (see section below)
  • - Eligible relative caregivers (see section below)
  • - Legal spouses of PRIs
  • · Children, which includes blood-related dependent children and adoptive siblings under the age of 18 years living in the same home.
  • · Dependent adult students (see section below)
  • · Temporarily absent family members (see section below)
  • Temporarily absent family members

    Adult family members living out of the household

    People may remain in the CCAP family while temporarily absent under certain conditions. See Chapter 5.6 (CCAP Family - Temporary Absence).

    Child family members living out of the household

    Child family members who are temporarily absent from the household include children in settings such as schools, foster care, and residential treatment facilities and those who reside in multiple households or only reside in the CCAP household part-time. See Chapter 5.6 (CCAP Family - Temporary Absence).

    Dependent adult students

    A dependent adult student is:

  • · An adult age 18 or older
  • AND
  • · meets the definition of family
  • AND
  • · a full-time high school or post-secondary student
  • A dependent adult student may be considered a dependent member of the family if 50 percent or more of the adult student’s support is provided by PRIs in the household.

    To include the adult student as a dependent in the family, the family must verify:

  • · The adult dependent’s student status.
  • · That the family provides 50 percent or more of the dependent student’s support.
  • · All other eligibility factors required for members of the CCAP family.
  • See Chapters 6.6.1 (Individuals with Exempt Earned Income), 7.3 (Verification – Initial Application), 7.6 (Verification – Eligibility Redetermination), 7.9 (Income Verification), and 16.27 (Exempt Earned Income Comparison Sheet).

    Determining percent of support

    Agencies may want to set up criteria for determining the level of family support for adult students. One way to determine the percent of support is to:

  • · Determine household costs, for example, rent, utilities, and food.
  • · Divide the amount by the total number of family members.
  • · Assign a percent to each member, and then
  • · Compare that to the adult student’s income.
  • If the adult student is included in the family, the adult student’s earned and unearned income must be included in determining the household income, unless the adult student is under the age of 19 and has not earned a high school diploma or GED.

    Minor parents living with other relatives

    When a minor parent(s) and his/her child(ren) are living with other relatives and the minor parent(s) applies for child care assistance, “family” means only the minor parent(s) and their child(ren).

    Guardians and eligible relative caregivers

    For a legal guardian and eligible relative caregivers to receive child care assistance for a child, the relationship of the child to the guardian or eligible relative caregiver must be verified.

  • · Legal guardian means a person has been appointed or accepted as guardian by a court of jurisdiction or tribal law.
  • · Eligible relative caregiver means a person who is a caregiver of a child receiving a Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) grant or who is an MFIP participant and the caregiver of a child.
  • - After an eligible relative caregiver begins receiving child care assistance, status as an eligible relative caregiver continues through all child care assistance programs until there is a break in the eligible relative caregiver's eligibility for child care assistance.
  • - If there is a break in CCAP eligibility and the caregiver is no longer receiving an MFIP grant for the child, the eligible relative caregiver status ends. In order to receive CCAP for a related child after the eligible relative caregiver status ends, the caregiver must meet another definition of CCAP applicant in order to be eligible for CCAP for the relative child.
  • Kinship caregivers receiving Northstar Kinship Assistance

    Kinship caregivers (relative custodians) receiving Northstar Kinship Assistance must meet one of the legal guardian definitions above in order to receive child care assistance for the child. If the Kinship caregiver meets one of the legal guardian definitions above, the child is included in the family size. If the Kinship caregiver does not meet one of the legal guardian definitions above, the child is not included in the family size.

    Other guardian relationships

    There are other situations in which a non-parent caretaker may consider themselves a guardian but are not considered family by CCAP.

    For example:

  • · Foster parents are not considered legal guardians for CCAP purposes. Foster children are not included in the foster parent’s family size and are not eligible for CCAP payments.
  • · A person with a notarized Delegation of Power by Parent does not meet the definition of legal guardian.
  • Case examples

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) has developed a series of case examples to assist you in determining the CCAP family. See Chapter 5.9 (CCAP family composition examples).

    Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, Subd. 13
    Minnesota Rule 3400.0020 Subp. 20

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