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‘Overpayments’ Overlapping Foster Care & TANF Time Period

Overlapping Foster Care & TANF Time Period

Sometimes a foster parent will receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and foster care maintenance payments at the same time. When this occurs, current support should be charged as E or F since the maintenance payments are larger than TANF payments. There are several factors to keep in mind when working these kinds of cases.

  • Notify both Family Support and Child Welfare of overlapping time frames. Family Support will recoup the overpayment from future foster care benefits (CSS will not pursue the overpayment).
  • When the child is placed in kinship foster care, make sure the case is cross-referenced correctly and the balances are accruing against the correct obligation (OBL)/custodial person (CP) combo.
  • If the kinship parent receives TANF on a C/H case, the foster care medical case must be properly cross referenced with the child support case once TANF ends. If this does not occur, the current support will issue to the kinship parent creating an overpayment that CSS must pursue.