No one said that parenting was easy, but sometimes being a single parent is really difficult. There are always things that need to be done, should be done, and have to be done. It can feel as though the world is being carried on your shoulders and you stumble under the weight of it all. If you are in a similar position as a single mother, there are programs and agencies that can help.
As every mother of growing children knows, children want food and they want it all the time. It can be hard sometimes to keep up with the growing needs of your family when you are a single parent. Luckily, Kentucky has the Food Benefit Program www.kshousingcorp.org/programs.shtml This program provides assistance to families in need of grocery food items. It is determined by income and eligibility requirements, however, so if you are interested in more information, go to the website above.
Kentucky also offers a network of food banks. A food bank is usually run by a charity organization, churches, or community centers. They can be an excellent source of help for those in need of non-perishable items. Some of the items within a food bank are free of charge, while others have items with nominal fees. Either way, the following website can direct you to more information. www.tristatefoodbank.org/kentucky_roster.htm
If you work full-time, it is possible that you may have health insurance benefits through your employer. While many companies offer insurance however, it can be too expensive for a single mother to carry the premium. If you fall into this category, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program may be able to help. This program is for children up to 19 years of age who are students or too young for school. If interested go to your local Department of Human Services and they should be able to help you.
There is also Medicaid through Kentucky if you are deemed low income eligible. This program provides medical, vision, and dental benefits for no charge to the parent. http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/ This website provides additional qualification information as well as contact numbers if you are interested.
Child Care Assistance
Sometimes the best intentions for child care fall through. The neighbor who was going to watch your child, or the home day care center that is closed due to illness, all of these things can work against a single mother trying to make a living. If you are looking for good quality, reliable, safe child care for your young children you can go to http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dcc/ccap.html to find out about the Child Care Assistance Program offered through the State.
Sometimes the best option for employment is to return to school or training. If you believe you have the aptitude and perseverance to complete college or a training school, then you should apply. There are many different scholarships, grants, and financial aid opportunities available to single mothers wanting to make a better living. Start with researching your options at http://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/cap?main=1 .