| What types of government assistance can I get while on maternity leave?

What types of government assistance can I get while on maternity leave?

deidre asked:

I will be having my baby in the next week or so and am already a week into my unpaid maternity leave. I will be out anywhere from 6-8 weeks with no income. Are there any government programs that can help me out? I’m already on WIC but that just helps out with little things. I’m also taking care of my parents who receive a small SSD check each month, but it’s not enough to even cover the bills. I live in arizona and tried applying for food stamps a couple months ago and was denied because they need a bunch of information from my parents proving that they are American citizens. That will take more time and more money than I have. I would also like to add for those “You should find a guy before going off and getting pregnant…you’re own damn fault for not planning a family”… I was date raped. Hopefully the government will be able to help me out somehow?
In order to get a birth certificate I will have to pay the minimum of at least $20 for each one, not only that their birth certificates are in a different state. So no they are not FREE. I have already looked into it. And they will take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to get.

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5 Responses to “What types of government assistance can I get while on maternity leave?”

  1. Bethypoo on April 13th, 2009 3:50 am

    they don’t have any funding programs for this situation that I”m aware of. The only thing I could think of is unemployment, but the only way you’ll qualify for that is if you get fired or layed off. So, sorry nothing really! I would say save every penny you get but your time is ticking! Sorry!

  2. raven on April 13th, 2009 10:22 pm

    Your WIC contact can provide you with a list of different agencies that you can apply for.

    Good Luck

  3. 18 weeks- due march 14th #1 on April 15th, 2009 9:08 am

    I would call your social worker and ask a billion questions. I’m getting disability for my time off. Also if you don’t work full time 20 hours or less you can get unemployement with your regular checks. You may need your parents proof for all of this, but it’s worth a try when you really need it.

  4. Due Nov 5th on April 18th, 2009 5:25 pm

    I am pregnant too, and I wasnt date raped, the baby’s father went and robbed a store so now hes in jail! Great!! Good luck though. Anyways, there should be programs like family assisstance through your local DHR. I plan to apply too, though I already recieve food stamps. If it is something you just have to avoid, don’t put your parents on the application as part of your household, and they won’t even be considered. Also, if you do get food stamps, look into getting food from Angel Food Ministries. It costs about 30 bucks a month to get food that lasts for a week, and you can also get in on food stamps. Look at your local DHR’s website to see about eligibilty requirements and to see about applying for family assisstance, and also at angelfoodministries.com, to see if you are interested in what this food program has to offer. Good luck, and best of wishes to you in the future.

  5. Debby J J on April 21st, 2009 4:48 pm

    I am employed with family services. You must prove u are US citizen to get benefits. What is so difficult about providing a birth certificate? The service is FREE, u should not complain about having to come up with a little bit of information to get FREE food and medical care. If you want the help, provide the required documents. I am sorry you were date raped..how very sad. You did have several months to plan for this. I hope you have a healthy baby and it will show you what love really is.