There are many government programs, mostly at the state and local levels, that assist with all aspects of child care and support: help with adoption, foster care, food/nutrition, education and even tax benefits.


These links will help get you started finding benefits for children in your care: The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. (NHSA)

Child Nutrition Programs: States manage the Child Nutrition Programs. To participate, or to learn more, locate your State agency. (CNP)

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Child Welfare Information Gateway: Adoption Assistance, also known as adoption subsidies, provides financial help and services for children with physical, mental and developmental disabilities and their adoptive parents. Each state agency has its own definition of “special needs” used to identify children eligible for adoption assistance. (CWIG)

Free Coupons for Household Expenses– Save money on your monthly household bills by claiming your free coupons for groceries and more! (sponsored listing)

The Child Support Enforcement Program provides services to locate absent parents, establish paternity, and enforce support obligations. (CSE)



If you have been affected by a disaster, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The Federal Government’s Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services and a mechanism to access and apply for disaster assistance through collaborative, data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners. DAIP was created to improve survivor access to disaster information and make applying for disaster assistance easier. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), acts as the managing partner.

  • The FEMA Housing Portalhelps individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), private organizations, and the public, to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area. (FEMAHP)

  • Get Help to Repair Your Bad Credit– When disaster strikes you may need a new credit card.  Search here for the best credit card offers for your credit score.  This may help you with those unexpected expenses that are a part of life. (sponsored listing)

  • The Disaster Recovery Center Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location. DRC Locator also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered and driving directions to the DRC. (DRC)



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American Public Human Services Association APHSA pursues excellence in health and human services by supporting state and local agencies, informing policymakers, and working with partners to drive innovative, integrated, and efficient solutions in policy and practice. (APHSA)

Get Help to Repair Your Bad Credit– offers good services and features to help fix bad credit.  Keep your poor credit history in the past and start rebuilding your credit today. (sponsored listing)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. (SNAP)

Are you suffering from economic hardship and need help catching up with bills? There are Federal, State and local programs available to help you through these tough times.

These links will help you on the road to economic recovery:

Hardest Hit Fund– The housing crisis that began in 2007 led to unprecedented home price declines as well as sustained and higher unemployment in certain parts of the country. Families in these areas have been particularly hard hit by this crisis as they have struggled to make their monthly mortgage payments and grappled with deeply underwater mortgages. The HHF provides $7.6 billion to the 18 hardest hit states, plus the District of Columbia, to develop locally-tailored programs to assist struggling homeowners in their communities. (HHF)

State Temporary Cash Assistance Funds–  program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical. (TCA)

Supplement Your Income- Work from Home Opportunities If you are in need of some additional cash to help pay off bills, work from home jobs offer the opportunity to earn some additional income, while working flexible hours from your home. (sponsored listing)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families– a program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program. (TANF)



Most of the programs are at the State and Local level, however, there are Federal websites available to help you find a program in your area.

These links will help you receive compensation:

Office for Victims of Crime

Administers the Crime Victims Fund, which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. (OVC)

National Center for Victims of Crime

 The leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Their mission is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. (NCVC)

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards

The mission of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards is to provide leadership, professional development, and collaborative opportunities to their members to strengthen their capacity to improve services to crime victims and survivors. (NACVB)