There are many times when raising children can be trying. At times, a single mother may even have to take on a second job in order to make ends meet. Although most single moms don’t need help with everything they do, sometimes they do need assistance in small ways.
While most single mothers do well at providing for basic food needs, it can be hard to get nutritious foods due to their cost. If you need to supplement your children’s diet, you might qualify for WIC. WIC provides nutrition supplemental food items for women who are pregnant, have children under the age of five, or are nursing. The provide voucher-type cards that can be used to get calcium rich items like milk and cheeses, as well as other grocery items.
It is also possible to get a good variety of supplemental items through area food banks or food pantry’s. Often sponsored through community churches, these pantry’s carry non-perishable items and even some non-grocery items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. You can go to www.kansasfoodbank.org/ for more information.
Basic immunizations and well baby check-ups can be done at local Department of Health and Human Services locations. These services are provided for very low fees and often do not even require an appointment.
Kansas has several health care options available for low income and medium income households. Depending on eligibility requirements, it may be possible to get free medical care for your children through Medicaid, or you may qualify for reduced cost medical insurance. Go to http://www.coverageforall.org/pdf/matrix/KS_Matrix.pdf to see which program might be right for you and your family.
Child Care Assistance
Child care is not merely an option for single working mothers, it is a necessity. While many single moms try to find local baby sitters or care givers, often they have to resort to a formal child care facility. This can be very expensive depending on the area and the age of the child. However, the Kansas Department of Social Services http://www.srs.ks.gov/Pages/Default.aspx may be able to help with the cost of day care if you qualify. Go to the website for qualification criteria to see if you meet their requirements.
Nowadays it seems impossible to do anything without your own personal vehicle. However, there are many quality public transportation routes available for individuals who cannot afford their own transportation or who prefer to help with the ‘going green’ concept. If you are unable to keep private transportation, go to www.kutc.ku.edu/cgiwrap/kutc/RTAP_transit.php to find the local area stops, locations, routes and charges. Why pay for gas and automotive maintenance if you have good public transportation provided?
If you are in a situation that you are struggling to pay your rent, mortgage, or electric bills then the Kansas Housing Resource Department may be able to help you. http://www.kshousingcorp.org/programs.shtml There are a variety of programs that can help a single mother get into a safe housing environment or help to keep the house that she may be in.