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PDFWAC 388-454-0010

Do I have to be related to a child in order to get TANF or SFA for the child?

To get TANF or SFA, a child must live with a parent, other relative, court-ordered guardian, court-ordered custodian, or other adult acting in loco parentis.
(1) We consider the following people as parents for TANF and SFA:
(a) The child's natural or adoptive parent; or
(b) A stepparent who is legally obligated to support the child.
(2) We consider a man as a child's natural father if the relationship is:
(a) Made under a judgment or order under RCW 26.26.130 that set the relationship between the parent and child; or
(b) Presumed under the Uniform Parentage Act (chapter 26.26 RCW).
(3) When a child lives with a relative, the relative must be one of the following relationships to the child in order for that child to be eligible for TANF or SFA:
(a) The following blood relatives (including relatives of half blood) or their spouses: Siblings, first cousins (including first cousins once removed), nephews and nieces, and persons of earlier generations (including aunts, uncles and grandparents) as shown by the prefixes of great, great-great, or great-great-great;
(b) A natural parent whose parental rights were terminated by a court order;
(c) A stepparent who no longer has to support the child because:
(i) The child's natural or adoptive parent died; or
(ii) Divorce or dissolution ended the marriage between the stepparent and the child's natural or adoptive parent.
(d) A step sibling even if the marriage between the step sibling's parent and the child's natural or adoptive parent ended by death, divorce or dissolution.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057. WSR 04-05-012, § 388-454-0010, filed 2/6/04, effective 3/8/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.057, 2000 2nd sp.s. c 1. WSR 01-03-121, § 388-454-0010, filed 1/22/01, effective 3/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. WSR 98-16-044, § 388-454-0010, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]
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