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Financial Assistance for Children with Special Needs

In the state of California, raising children is expensive and raising children with special needs can be even more expensive. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years at $233,610 or about $12,978 a year. Estimates on what the annual cost to raise a child with autism can run somewhere between $1.5 million and $2.4 million, with occupational, behavioral and life skills therapy, private schooling and private caregivers among the expenses. Fortunately, there is financial assistance for children with special needs.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

If you live in California, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program designated to help children who have disabilities to safely remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves. It is an alternative to out-of-home care.
Effective January 1, 2022, the county IHSS wage rate for providers is $16.00 per hour. Currently, as an IHSS Protective Supervision provider, the maximum number of hours you can claim is 360 per month. That equates to up to $5,760 per month that you can get paid as a caregiver for your child with special needs.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a social security benefit, is the only source of federal income reserved for children with disabilities. SSI for a child with special needs can be a lifeline that keeps the family out of poverty.
There are income limits applied to the child and the family he or she lives with, but children with special needs on SSI can receive up to $791 per month.

Special Needs Grants

Furthermore, there are grants available to help people whose children have special needs. The need criteria and income requirements vary greatly, the funds are not limitless, and a lot of people may be seeking the grants at the same time you are, but they do exist and you can apply for them.
Grants for parents raising children with special needs:

Supports those impacted with autism with different funding programs

Provides support, resources and assistance

Provides funding for items to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities not otherwise covered by insurance
If you feel overwhelmed and you need help, please contact us.
American Advocacy Group is on the front lines every day, making positive change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome and a range of diagnoses across the continuum. As a leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need, we understand the system and know how to take action in regard to your best interests.
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