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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Assistance for Families


The economy of the past three years has put many families in financial jeopardy, and for some, this experience has led them to require assistance in a way they never would have dreamed they would need.

For families whose children attend JCPS, help is as close as the Family Resource Center (FRC) at your child’s school. The goal of these centers is to remove barriers to learning that JCPS students face. They can, among other things, provide referrals for health services and locate affordable child care.
Parents who have lost their jobs may be worried about the cost of health coverage for their families. They may look into KCHIP, the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is for children younger than 19 years of age whose family meets income requirements.

Metro government is another avenue for those needing financial help. The Temporary and Extended Emergency Financial Assistance program is for those who have lost a job or experienced a loss of support due to separation or domestic violence. Metro Louisville residents needing assistance can also visit a local Neighborhood Place, which is a partnership of various agencies offering a one-stop approach to helping residents in need.

There is also the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) which can assist families. The Family Support office of the Department for Community Based Services can be contacted at (502) 595-4238.

Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Photo source: Linking Families & Communities

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