Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual


Failure of a Minor Parent to Attend School




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A minor single parent under the age of 18, with a child 1 year of age or older, who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, must stay in school or an alternative education/training program during the school year.  Alternatives could be home study approved by the school system, GED classes, or other education programs approved by the Department.


A minor parent who does not meet the above requirement, does not have good cause, and who is an eligible child in an AU will be sanctioned by having his/her needs removed from the AU budget.  Income and resources of the excluded minor parent are considered available to the AU.


A minor parent EA of his/her own AU who does not meet the above requirement or the alternate option of a 30-hour work activity and does not have good cause, will be sanctioned by having his/her case closed.


Note:  A minor who is pregnant is not considered to be a parent for policy purposes until the child is born.




The caseworker/client rep should attempt a conciliation conference with the minor and the caretaker of the AU (if different) during the adverse action period.  The conference can be with the caseworker/client rep or the caseworker/client rep’s supervisor.  The purpose of the conciliation conference is to determine:


·        The reason for non-compliance. 


·        If the minor has good cause for non-compliance.


·        If the minor who is in non-compliance wishes to comply.


Failure to respond during the adverse period will result in a continuation of benefit reduction for the “eligible child” minor, or in continued ineligibility for the “eligible adult” minor who is caretaker of his/her own case.



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