Being the main provider for your family can be a daunting task. Even on the days you don’t work, you are still a full-time parent. While every parent feel overwhelmed at times, being a single mother can compound the feeling. West Virginia offers several agencies that can help single income mothers get their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Financial assistance does not usually mean that you will get cash in your hand. Financial assistance comes in many forms and all avenues should be researched to see what works best for your situation.
As with most of the states in the Union, West Virginia participates in the food stamp program and the WIC program. WIC is primarily for pregnant or nursing mothers, or for women with children under the age of five. They provide supplemental food vouchers for nutrition foods such as eggs, milk, cheese, and cereals. If you are interested in finding out more about WIC, go to http://ons.wvdhhr.org/ and look at the guidelines.
The food stamp program in West Virginia is SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/fs.asp this website provides all of the information necessary to determine if you are eligible for their food stamp benefit.
Many single mothers worry about their ability to provide proper healthcare to their children. While some mothers have jobs that offer insurance, frequently the costs are too high and they cannot opt for the insurance due to the decrease in take home pay. If you find that you cannot insure your child, you can apply for West Virginia Medicaid benefits.
This state website provides detailed information on eligibility and income requirements. If you meet the state guidelines, your children will have access to free health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. See the information about Medicaid provided at the following link: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bms/oMedPolicyCor/YourGuideMedicaid.pdf
If you make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but you can’t afford insurance from your work place, you can apply to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program is a low cost insurance program offered on a sliding scale based on income and family size. For more information, go to http://www.wvdhhr.org/ .
Child Care Assistance
If a single mom cannot work, then it becomes impossible to provide for her family. Dependable child care is a major problem facing single mothers today. Private babysitters can be unreliable and many inexpensive day care centers lack in nutritious meals for a safe environment. West Virginia provides a program called, the Child Care Program. If you qualify, you can go to a state approved child care center and the state will pay a portion of the childcare total. If interested in this service, go to http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/ece/earlycare/ and look at the child care assistance benefits.
Sometimes the best option for a single mother to provide for her family is to go to a community college, university, or technical school. If you think that going for a higher education might be right for you, go to https://secure.cfwv.com/Default.aspx to see what types of financial aid are available to single moms interested in going to school.