As a single parent you have probably realized by now that in order to support yourself and your family you will have to work. Having a job is essential for success as a single parent. Unfortunately this does mean that you will have to be away from your children frequently. The question that you have to answer is how will you deal with the issue of childcare?
You need to ensure that your child is properly taken care of in your absence. Childcare facilities do tend to be expensive, but in Delaware there are a number of childcare options open to single parents willing to look for them.
Delaware State Subsidies for Childcare
If you meet certain eligibility requirements then you may be in a position to qualify for subsidies for childcare form the government of Delaware. As a single mother who is in a tough financial position by definition you will most likely have very little trouble qualifying for this program. The system in place in Delaware will help single parents to not only pay for the service but will also help them to them locate the child care provider that meet the state’s standards. If you have a child who is 12 years of age or younger they will be eligible for the subsidy. You will also have to have a genuine need for the help and earn a certain amount of money in order to qualify.
Ensuring that your child gets the appropriate healthcare attention is a very important part of being a good parent. However this is far from being an easy task. Single parents especially may struggle when it comes to providing healthcare as the financial strain can be severe. However this is not something that you want to compromise on so it is important that you consider the various healthcare assistance options available in the state of Delaware. You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of options that you and your children may have, and it is essential that you pursue all of these options in order to make sure that your child is covered as well as possible.
It is not easy for single mothers to simply take their children to the hospital. There are too many things that they have to consider. For one thing it is unlikely that a single parent is able to afford health insurance to cover the costs of the hospitalization. This is why many single parents think two about sending their children to the hospital. However there is a system in place to combat this situation. A health insurance package known as Medicaid is available for families who cannot afford their own healthcare coverage. Beneficiaries in this program qualify for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests. Find out more about this as soon as you can if healthcare is a problem for you.
Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP)
Another very viable option for parents in Delaware who are hoping to provide good healthcare for their children is the Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP). This program is for children who are 19 years old or younger and who are currently not covered by any other health insurance program. This program is a genuinely viable option for parents who are looking for a way to ensure that their children will be covered in terms of health costs no matter what happens. It is worth a try, so to find out more you can call 1-800-996-9969 visit http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/. This is the perfect program to apply for if you are in a situation where you don’t qualify for Medicaid but where you still really want your child to be covered.
There are a lot of costs that you as a single parent have to worry about on a daily basis, and one of these annoying yet necessary financial considerations is transport. Not only you do you need transport to get yourself to and from your job or studies, but you also need it to make sure that you get your children to all of the places they need and want to go to. There are a few things you could consider. For example why not make use of the public transport system of Delaware instead of paying for fuel or hiring a taxi?
If you are lucky enough to be eligible for Medicaid to cover your medical costs then you may also be in luck when it comes to getting non emergency transport for medical reasons. For example if you need to take your baby to the doctor for her shots then you may be able to contact Medicaid and find out if you qualify for assistance in this regard. Medicaid is aware of the fact that medical transport cannot always be limited to an emergency situation so consequently they have several programs in place that are designed to help people get to where they need to go. Getting your child to the doctor for a check-up is very important as a preventative measure, and Medicaid is willing to acknowledge this. If you are interested in finding out form Medicaid whether or not they offer this service and if you are eligible, call 1-888-987-1200.
Rent / Housing Assistance
Providing your child with a good home is an essential but not necessarily an easy task. It is important that your child grows up in an environment that is safe and that will not increase their chances of getting ill. Now it is very difficult to find homes either to buy or rent that are at an affordable price and this may be especially true for single parents who already have quite a lot of demands on their tight resources. That is why there are several rent and housing assistance programs in Delaware that exist to help you and your family find the home that you need to be happy.
Section 8 Housing
Delaware has a section 8 housing program whereby they attempt to ensure that children from single parent families along with their parents are provided with adequate housing in which to develop. This is a very important legislation that is available in many states across the US and it should be your first source of reference when you are looking for a place for you and your children to stay. This is designed in such a way that single parents get to choose where they live provided it falls into the category of private low cost housing. They will then receive financial assistance to pay for this. In addition by this program you can receive monetary assistance for things like heating costs.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
There are a few things that are more important than others when it comes to being a single parent. One is to make sure that your child gets enough food. On top of that you need to make sure that the food that they are getting provides them with adequate nutrition. This is one of the ways to protect your child against illnesses. Now it is not always easy to make ends meet as a single parent so you may be wondering how exactly you are supposed to do this. Well there are a number of food and nutrition assistance programs available in Delaware that you should look into and take advantage of if you want to provide as good a life for your child as possible.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Another option that is available to single parent families in Delaware is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If you are eligible for this program in Delaware you will receive a debit card which will be used by you to buy the food you need. The debit card can be used at a number of different places, but it is important that you have a good idea of which stores you can use the debit card at and which stores you can’t. And remember that there are only certain items that you will be able to purchase. However you can rest assured that these items will be highly nutritional.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
In Delaware 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. The main advantage of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is that you can be certain that the food your child receives under this program will be 100% nutritional. This means that they will benefit comprehensively form the program. They will be healthy children with a better chance of dodging illness in the future.
If you pursue your education further then you may find that you will be in a position to make your life better. On top of that you will improve the chances your child has at creating a good life for him or her. Going back to school may seem like an impossible ideal as a single parent, but you must know that there are several structures in place in Delaware that exist to try and help single parents get back to their studies. Everyone can see the benefit of doing this which is why so many people and organizations are more than willing to help.
Government Grants For Single Parents in Delaware
Federal free grants
The first step is to see if you are eligible for Federal free grants. To do this you will have to apply with FAFSA. FAFSA will let you know whether or not you apply for Federal free grants and if you do then you will be in a position to start researching the various grants that are actually available and to start making preparations to continue your studies. The first step in this process is downloading and completing the FAFSA form: http://www.fafsa.com. Once you have done this you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
General scholarships and grants for Single Parents in Delaware
There are a number of general grants and scholarships that are available for students wanting to study further in the state of Delaware. Here are just some of your options:
- The Scholarship Incentive Program is one of the state’s need-based grants designed for students in a state college or university
- The Governor’s Workforce Development Grant
- The Student Excellence Equals Degree program
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
- The Diamond State Scholarships
- Legislative Essay Scholarships
Specialized Studies Scholarships and Grants
There are a number of scholarships in specialized areas available to single parents wanting to study further in Delaware. It is well worth your while looking into your field of expertise or a field that you are particularly interested in (such as teaching or nursing) in order to see if there are any opportunities open for you. Here are some examples:
- The Delaware Teachers Corps
- Christa McAuliffe Teacher Incentive Program
- The Delaware Critical Needs Scholarship
- Library and Archivist Incentive Program
- Delaware Nursing Incentive Applicants
- Optometry Incentive Loan
- Delaware State Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals
- Speech/Language Pathologist Incentive Program
College Grants and Scholarships
Many 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 grants you will have to find out from each individual school what exactly they offer in this regard.
Other Grants or Resources Available
The above information is by no means exhaustive. It merely provides an overview of some of the options that are available to single parents who want to change their situation and make their lives better for themselves and for their children. It is important that you research all possible avenues for assistance in your area. Try churches and non-profit organizations to see what structures they have in place. Use the internet to search for programs that aim to help single parents get through the tough of time of raising children by themselves in your area. Don’t give up and remember that you are not alone.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 05:34:03.