You can get child care authorized by DTA for
- a child under age 13, or
- a child 13 or over who is disabled and cannot take care of herself.
The child must be
- receiving TAFDC or foster care benefits,
- under court supervision,
- receiving SSI but otherwise eligible for TAFDC, or
- in a family headed by a parent eligible for child care for teen parents. See Who is eligible for child care? See 106 C.M.R. §§ 207.210(A)(2), (3), 207.230.
DTA will not authorize child care for a child age 13 or older unless the child is disabled. Sometimes it is not safe to leave a teenager unsupervised after school or during school vacations. Consult an advocate if you need out of school time care for a teenager who is not disabled. You may be able to get child care or you may have good cause for not meeting TAFDC work rules.