When you are a single parent one of the biggest things you have to worry about is what will happen to your children while you work? In order to support your family you may have no choice but to work which raises the question of who will take care of your child.
In Alabama there are several avenues open to single parents looking for ways to ensure that their child will be taken care of when they are at work. Don’t forget to check with places like churches in your area to see if they offer subsidized or free childcare services.
Subsidized Childcare Assistance
One of the things that the state of Alabama offers to single mothers is Subsidized Childcare Assistance. If you are eligible for this then you will be able to go to work or school in peace knowing that your children are being taken care of. Inquire at The Office of Child Care Subsidy for more information.
The Child Care and Development Fund
Another option that is available to single parents living in Alabama is The Child Care and Development Fund. This fund aims at finding safe and quality childcare for children from low income families, which almost always include single parent families. This fund is managed by the Alabama Childcare Subsidy Office and queries regarding eligibility and availability should be directed to this office.
Training for Family Members
Often the easiest thing for single parents to do is to leave their children with a family member while they work. This is all very well, but not everyone is a natural with children, and not every person will be able to know what to do in an emergency situation. In Alabama there is a program that offers childcare training to family members of single parents. The Family Guidance Center of Alabama will ensure that your family members are well equipped to take care of your child. When they leave the program they will meet state requirements for being child carers.
The state of Alabama also makes a concerted effort to make sure that single mothers are aware of what childcare facilities are available and that they are enrolling their children in the more reputable ones. The state of Alabama is well aware that the type of childcare facility a child attends can have a big impact on that child’s life and consequently they strive to ensure that single parents are at the very least well informed about the options available to them and their children.
The health of your child should be of the utmost importance to you. However, as a single mother you may often feel that you are not equipped to provide your child with the healthcare that they need to live a healthy and happy life. In some ways this is tied to the problem of food. If your children are not being properly nourished than they are at a greater risk of developing diseases as their bodies are not equipped to fight off illnesses that come their way. In Alabama there are structures in place to ensure that children who are qualified have access to the health care facilities that they need in order to ensure that they live healthy lives.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is one of the few options open to single parents in Alabama who are looking for ways to ensure that their children get the health assistance that they need when they need it. As a single parent you may qualify for the medical assistance program in Alabama. It can’t hurt to make inquiries to find out whether or not you are eligible.
ALL Kids program
One of the programs offered in Alabama that is designed to ensure that children of single mothers are healthy is the ALL Kids program. This program offers comprehensive health care insurance to children who are younger than the age of 19. If you are a single parent who does meet the financial requirements to receive Medicaid assistance your child will be eligible for the ALL Kids program. With this program the following medical conditions and problems will be covered:
- access to regular doctor’s check-ups
- dental services
- eye care
- mental health problems
- drug-abuse problems
SOBRA Medicaid is now available in the state of Alabama. This is aimed at children who come from low income families (such as children from single parent families) and to pregnant women.
Alabama Child Caring Foundation
If you are really struggling to find a medical insurance policy that your child qualifies for in Alabama, try the Alabama Child Caring Foundation to see if you qualify for medical and health assistance there.
If you are with Medicaid you may be able to qualify for transport vouchers on the public transport systems in Alabama. Apart from this, however, it seems that there is very little transportation assistance offered to single parents in Alabama.
Rent / Housing Assistance
An important part of being a good parent is being able to put a roof over the heads of your family and provide them with a good and safe place to live. This is not always easy for single mothers who are financially burdened and struggling to make ends meet. Many supporters in Alabama are however aware of how important this is and consequently there are several options open to single parents who are searching for a way to finance housing for themselves and their families.
Local Housing Authority
Your first step should always be the Local Housing Authority in your area. They have programs in place for helping people to subsidize a home, and it is important that you contact them as early as possible to get your name on the waiting list. There are many different people from many different walks of life that need housing assistance, so you need to make sure that you are ahead of the game. There will be a waiting list, but the sooner you get your name on the waiting list, the better.
Through the AAHRA you can also apply for public housing in Alabama. There are eligibility requirements that you will have to meet in order to qualify for public housing, and Alabama is unfortunately known as being the strictest state when it comes to these requirements. This actually applies to all arenas of aid for single parents. However it is well worth applying and seeing what happens.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Providing food for your children as a single parent is one of the bigger and more important challenges that you as a single parent will ever face. In Alabama there are several food help programs for you to consider when trying to solve the problem of how to feed your children.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
In Alabama you will be glad to hear that single mothers with a child below the age of five, as well as pregnant women are eligible to receive food support. This is good news indeed as providing basics such as food is one of the biggest challenges that single mothers across the country are facing today.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Alabama then you will be eligible to receive money on a monthly basis. This money will be given to you for the purpose of purchasing the food you need to keep your family going. This is done in the form of a debit card that you are given that is then loaded with the money that you are eligible for on a monthly basis. This is also related to the Alabama government’s attempts to ensure that children of single mothers receive adequate nutrition.
Food Banks and Church Charities
Most of the food assistance that you can hope to receive in Alabama will be from a non-governmental source such as a food bank or a church. Inquire around in your area to see what structures there are in place in terms of food assistance programs. If you want to find out what food banks are near you, visit the Food Bank of North Alabama, the Bay Area Food Bank, or call 211.
Education Single Parent Grants in Alabama
If you are a single parent you may feel that all of your options have been closed off and that you will never have the opportunity to study again. However in the State of Alabama there are several grants available to single parents who want to go back to school. In Alabama it is understood that single parents do not always have the resources to study. It is also understood that if they do study they stand a chance of bettering their living situations for both themselves and their children. Consequently there are a lot of options open to single parents living in Alabama who would like to go back to school. When looking for Alabama single parent grants and scholarships you should start with FAFSA.
Government Grants For Single Mothers in Alabama
There is several state and government funded grants that single parents may be eligible for. To find out more go to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Here is a list of some of the programs that single parents may be interested in:
- Alabama GI Dependent’s Educational Benefit Program
- Alabama Student Assistance Program
- Alabama Student Grant Program
- American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Program
- American Legion Scholarship Program
- Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
SMART single parent grants
If you are interested in a specialized field then you may be eligible for a federally funded SMART grant. Studying the following in your fourth or fifth year may make you eligible for this form of financial aid:
- a critical foreign language
- some liberal arts programs
If you as a single parent feel that you contribute to society by becoming a teacher, then the Teach Grant may be what you are looking for. People who are given the teach grant are able to qualify as teachers at no cost to themselves. The costs will be covered by the government of Alabama. However if you want to be eligible for this grant you will need to be prepared to work for a period of five years in a facility that is designated by the state of Alabama. This is not necessarily a bad thing however as you can be assured that you will have employment once you have completed your qualification and in that time you will earn excellent experience for when you choose to move to another school once your five years are up. Some teachers never leave these first positions that are assigned to them and continue to teach in that school for many years to come.
College single parent grants and scholarships
Most community colleges do have some kind of grant program in place to help students in financially difficult circumstances. This information may interest you as a single parent. To find about these Alabama single parent grants you will have to find out from each individual school what exactly they offer in this regard.
Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP)
One of the options open to single parents who want to study further in the state of Alabama is the Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP). This is a scholarship program that will allow for eligible adults to return to school and complete their qualifications. You have to meet the necessary requirements. You also have to substantiate your request for this scholarship by demonstrating that you have a genuine financial need for the money, that there is no other way for you to go back to school unless you get the Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP).
Other Grants or Resources Available
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families comes in the form of a debit card on which a specific amount of money for the SPECIFIC needs of your family is loaded. This aims to help families deal with specific problems that they may be facing and many sing parents benefit from this.