There are a lot of demands on the plate of the average single parent, and all of them may seem to be a bit overwhelming. One of the things that you have to worry about is childcare.
The big question is who is going to look after your child while you are at work? This is one of those dilemmas that single parents have to face daily. Quality childcare facilities are not cheap, which means that you may have to settle for something second rate. However this is not ideal as the care of your child is not something you want to compromise on.
Ohio state government’s child care program
The government of Ohio is well aware that it is not always affordable or easy to make sure that your child is being cared for in a quality situation while you, the responsible single parent, are at your very necessary and unavoidable job. That is why Ohio has a child care program in place that basically functions as a subsidy for childcare services. Note that you will still have to pay part of the money needed to keep your child at a facility, but the cost will be reduced by aid form the government.
One area of your child’s well being that is of the utmost importance is their health. It is not a good idea to compromise on the health of your child. However it is also a fact that health insurance is not exactly affordable for families in bad financial situations, such as single parent families. This means that if you want to be sure of covering your child’s health you are going to have to look for subsidized health options. There are several options that are available if you know where to look for them and what questions you should ask.
One option that is available in all states to low income families and families headed by single parents is the Medicaid scheme. This is a subsidized health insurance program whereby families who cannot afford other forms of health care will be able to make sure that they are covered. Children covered by Medicaid get in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests, all of which may turn out to be essential for ensuring your child’s continued health. However the criteria for Medicaid are very stringent and you may find that you do not qualify.
There are unfortunately not many options that are available to single parents when it comes to transport. This may seem like one of the less important problems that you have to deal with as a single parent, but transport is important for everyday life and can be expensive if you are not careful. There are several options you could consider to reduce your costs. For example it may be advisable to only use public transport. This is cheaper than, for example, driving your own car everywhere. There are a number of good public transport systems in place in the state.
If you qualify for Medicaid you may be interested to know that in some situations Medicaid offers non-emergency medical transport to certain people. As with all things related to Medicaid, however, this is not a program that is very easy to qualify for and you may not be able to make use of the service. However it is still worth your while to inquire about it. The worst they can do is say no, and if they say yes then you may be in a much more manageable situation in terms of transport than you were previously.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the things that you have to worry about as a single mother is providing a roof over the heads of your children. This is an essential thing to do but in the current economic climate it is not easy to buy or rent homes that provide adequate shelter for your children or that are safe. This means that you may find it difficult to fulfil this ideal. However there are housing subsidy programs offered by the state of Ohio that are open to you to make use of if you are in need.
Subsidized Financing for Apartments
There are several programs in place for single mothers in Ohio to cover the cost of their housing. It is not easy to either rent or buy a home at the moment, so it is helpful that there are programs such as the Subsidized Financing for Apartments program in place to help single parents and other low income families afford a home to live in. This is a way for you to be able to buy an apartment with help from the government to defray the full cost of the purchase.
Financial Assistance to Pay for Rent and Other Utility Bills
There is also another option open to parents who do not own but rent their homes. This is the Financial Assistance to Pay for Rent and Other Utility Bills program. As the name suggests, this program will provide you with assistance in paying your bills and making sure that you have electricity and water. However it must be noted that this assistance is temporary and cannot be treated as the final solution to your bill payment problems. It is however something to look into while you get back on your feet.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Making sure that your child is well fed is a very important responsibility for a single parent. You must remember as well. However, that it is not enough t make sure that they get enough food. You also need to make sure that the food that they are getting is of the best quality imaginable. A nutritious diet is essential if you want to be sure of fighting off illnesses, and this goes for you as well as your child. Nutritious food can be expensive, which is why there are programs in place in Ohio to help single parents provide.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
One of the options that are available to single mothers in Ohio at the very least is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This is a program for women who have children who are younger than five years of age or who are pregnant. The aid you receive is in the form of coupons that you can use to purchase nutritious items that small children and infants need. Mostly you will be able o purchase dairy products and formula through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. If you are in this situation this is something well worth looking into.
Education Single Parent Grants
There are a lot of benefits to studying further. For one thing you will be setting a good example for your children. For another you will be in a better position to provide for them once you have qualified. This is why there are a number of loans, single parent grants and scholarships for single parents who would like to study further. You would be surprised at the number of options available to you if you know where to look. No longer do you have to feel that there is no way for you to reach you educational ideals and goals.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Ohio
Office of the Board of Regents
There are a number of options out there provided by the state of Ohio to help single parents pursue their education and get better jobs. This allows them in turn to support their children more easily. One of your options is to go through the Office of the Board of Regents through which you will be able to find out more information about various college grants and scholarships that are offered by the government. If you would like to find out more about the Office of the Board of Regents, you should visit the University System of Ohio.
If you are looking for financial assistance for your studies from the government then you need to definitely start by filling out a FAFSA form and finding out what forms of assistance you qualify for. There are a large number of options out there for students that have a financial need, and there are plenty of opportunities available for single parents who simply want to study further and make something of their lives. Filling out the FAFSA form does not take long at all and once it is filled out you will soon be given information about what you are eligible for.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
One of the options available in all states is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, which is a merit based scholarship for top achievers. There are a few eligibility requirements and rules that you need to be aware of when you consider applying for this scholarship. Pay close attention to them to avoid wasting your time and effort.
- Eligible recipients must be top students in their graduating class
- Eligible recipients must have top GPAs and ACT scores
- Qualified recipients must be accepted into a four-year college program anywhere in the United States
General Scholarships and Grant Programs
There are several general scholarships and grants for single mothers that you may be eligible for in Ohio. Not all of them will be suitable for you, but it is well worth the effort required to look into them and see what they are all about. The worst that could happen is that they tell you are not qualified. You may as well look at the option in any case. These are:
- The Ohio Academic Scholarships
- Ohio College Opportunity Grant
- Ohio Instructional Grant
- Ohio Student Choice Grant
- Part-time Student Instructional Grant
- Student Workforce Development Grant
- Ohio’s Regents Graduate/Professional Fellowship Program
- Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
- Ohio Safety Officer College Memorial Fund
Specialized Studies Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are certain professions in Ohio that are experiencing a shortage. These areas include things like teaching and nursing, both of which are essential professions. If you are interested in one of these professions you may qualify for a scholarship to cover your tuition:
- The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program
You may notice that these programs are not specifically aimed at single parents. However there is no reason why single parents cannot benefit from them.
College grants and scholarships
There are a number of colleges out there that offer grants and scholarships to potential students as a way to encourage them to get involved with their institution. This is definitely something that you should look into if you are hoping to study at a particular school or university that that you have in mind. If you want to find out more you will have to go to the financial aid office of the particular school or university that you are interested in and ask them what your options are and whether or not you qualify for any financial assistance they offer.
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.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
If you are in an emergency situation and desperately need some cash to keep your family afloat, then you need to look into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This is a temporary program aimed at helping families achieve self-sufficiency. Aid is in the form of a debit card that can be used to purchase certain items.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 01:40:29.