Child Support is money required by law to be paid by one parent to another to help cover the costs of raising their children.
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Food Assistance helps families stretch their food budgets to buy healthy food. Also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program may be available to both families and individuals who qualify.
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Child Care services are available to eligible parents who are either working or in school, to help cover part of the cost of child care for their children. Parents are able to pick a child care provider that meets their needs.
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Medicaid (medical assistance) provides health care coverage to families who may not otherwise have access to health care. Medicaid may cover part of the cost of visits to the doctor, nursing home care and home health care.
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Cash assistance, also known as Ohio Works First, is temporary assistance available to families to help them pay for immediate needs while the adults of the family prepare for and search for jobs. While receiving assistance, families spend a minimum of 20 to 35 hours per week working, in school or volunteering in order to receive the assistance.
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The Children’s Services Division works with families to help keep Hamilton County children safe. Children’s Services operates the 241-KIDS hotline, provides services to help families and, when necessary, places children who cannot be safe in their own homes into temporary care with relatives, foster parents or a specialized setting.
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Hamilton County Adult Protective Services operates 421-LIFE, the 24-hour hotline for reporting abuse and neglect (by self or others) of Hamilton County adult residents. Hamilton County Job and Family Services works to:
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- Identify risks to the safety and well-being of elderly abuse and neglect victims
- Improve the situation of elderly residents by linking them to social service providers and other resources
- Help identify a guardian through the courts, when necessary, for individuals who can no longer function on their own