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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

Good cause reasons for caregivers under age 20 differ from those of other participants. Caregivers under the age of 20 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent may claim the following good cause reasons for not attending school:

Transportation services or appropriate child care services needed to enable the participant to attend school are not available.

The participant is ill or disabled seriously enough to prevent attendance at school.

The participant is needed in the home because of the illness or disability of a member of the assistance unit, or a relative or foster child in the household. This includes a participant with a child under 6 weeks of age.

The job counselor determines that no appropriate educational option is available for the participant who is age 18 or 19. In this case, the job counselor and participant will need to develop an Employment Plan. Allow 18- and 19-year old caregivers who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent to choose an Employment Plan (EP) with either an education option or a work option. See 0012.06 (Requirements for Caregivers Under 20).

The county social services agency determines that school attendance is not appropriate for a participant who is under age 18. In this case, social services should assist the minor participant to develop an appropriate plan.


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