With the years of economic downturn, single mothers have struggled even more than years past. It is hard to cover the basics of raising children, let alone the additional things like dance, sports, or gymnastics. When it seems as though it is always going to be difficult, remember that there are programs available to make the transition easier and to allow time for single mothers to get on their feet.
There are many forms of financial assistance. Most of the time, however, it is not about getting cash benefits. The assistance provided is usually in the form of a benefit or a voucher type system.
If you find that you are in need of help in providing food for your children, apply to the SNAP program. SNAP is a federally funded program that was historically called food stamps. You receive monthly benefits, usually in electronic EBT form, to purchase nutritious grocery items. If you think you may be eligible, click here for more details. Connecticut also participates in the WIC program which is designed for pregnant women to help stay healthy during pregnancy and can provide supplemental food items for children up to the age of five. WIC does have qualification guidelines, so to get more information click here.
Many single mothers worry about the cost of health insurance. Even if it is offered as private insurance, it is often cost prohibitive. However, the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program is available to low income families at no cost. You can go to www.ct.gov/dph/cwp to get additional information about qualification guidelines. If you do not qualify for Medicaid, you still might be able to get insurance for your children through HUSKY. Simply go to the website and get the details about your options.
Child Care Assistance
A single mother cannot ear an income if she cannot find adequate, safe childcare. If a child is school aged, a single mother can depend on the free and reduced lunch programs to know that her child is getting nutritious food for breakfast and lunch. However, if our children are not school aged, it is imperative to have child care available at an affordable price. The Connecticut Care 4 Kids Program is available for families that cannot afford child care, but need it in order to have employment.
If you are thinking of returning to school, but are afraid that you can’t afford it you need to think again. There are many financial opportunities available for single mothers who want to further their education. There are a large variety of grants, which do not have to paid back. If you are interested in furthering your career, or changing careers completely by obtaining a degree, it is worth filling out the federal FAFSA form to see what the state determined you qualify for in forms of assistance. There are grants, scholarships, a work study programs that can allow you to work part-time while still attending school and earning income. An education does not have to be out of reach.