A caseworker can help you determine if you qualify for the program.
This can be waived by the court if the parents are making substantive progress or the caseworker believes that legal guardianship, but not adoption, is in the child's best interests.
Displaced workers can accomplish this task by logging onto the state's unemployment website or scheduling an appointment to speak with a caseworker.
If you've recently started a new job or business, ask a DHS caseworker what you should do to provide proof of income.
Separate crisis assistance funds are available, however, so you will want to mention to your caseworker if you have disconnected utility service, have received a disconnect notice, or you are almost out of heating fuel.