A-210, General Policy

Revision 22-1; Effective January 1, 2022


A Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) certified group:

  • is a person or group of relatives whose needs are included in one Eligibility Determination Group (EDG).
  • must include an eligible child, unless the eligible relative cares for a child who receives:
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Foster Care with Cash or Adoption Assistance with Cash; or
    • SSI Medicaid and the relative chooses not to request TANF for the child.

Some people are required members of the TANF certified group. The applicant may not choose to exclude a required member from the certified group. If the applicant fails to provide available verification for a required member, deny assistance for the entire certified group.

A TANF-State Program (SP) certified group must contain both an eligible:

  • caretaker or parent; and
  • second parent.

Note: Households are eligible for TANF-SP if the budget group contains:

  • two eligible parents who are certified for TANF;
  • one TANF-certified parent and a disqualified parent unless the disqualified parent does not meet citizenship requirements; or
  • two disqualified parents unless the disqualified parents do not meet citizenship requirements.

Related Policy

Who is Not Included, A-222
Alien Sponsor's Income, A-1361
A Household with Members on TANF, TANF-State Program (SP), TP 07, TP 08 and TP 20, B-480


A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) unit is one person or a group of people who live:

  • together and who usually buy and prepare their food together; or
  • with others and intend to buy and prepare food separately after certification.

Exception: Allow separate household status for a person and the person's spouse, 60 or over, who lives with others but cannot buy and prepare food separately because of permanent incapacity, if required household members are not excluded. To allow separate household status, the gross income of the other household members, not including the elderly person and spouse, must be less than 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for the number of other people.

The elderly person must:

  • prove that they meet the Social Security disability criteria, if questionable; and
  • provide verification of the other household member's income.

Note: Always include required members in the elderly person's household. For example, the elderly person's spouse or children under 22 are always included in the same household unless elderly members have their own SNAP Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) EDGs.

Related Policy

Who Is Included, A-231
Noncommercial Roomer/Boarder Payments, A-1323.4.3
Disqualified Members, A-1362
Alien Sponsor's Income, A-1361
Students in Higher Education, B-410
Definition of Disability, B-432
Joint Supplemental Security Income (SSI)-SNAP Applications, B-476
Categorically Eligible Households, B-470

Medical Programs

Use Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) household composition to determine whose needs, income, and expenses are considered when determining eligibility for medical programs. Each MAGI household composition is determined at a person's individual level. People living at the same physical address may have a different MAGI household composition. MAGI household composition is based on federal income tax rules.

Exception: Medically Needy with Spend Down has certain exceptions for determining MAGI household composition and income.

A person does not have to file a federal income tax return to apply for Medical Programs.

Related Policy

How to Determine Spend Down, A-1359

A—211 Relationships Resulting from Termination of Parental Rights

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

All Programs

When a court terminates the relationship between a biological or adoptive parent and child, a legal parent/child relationship does not exist between the two individuals.

If a biological or adoptive parent's parental rights to a child are terminated, that parent no longer has a legal parent/child relationship to that child, nor to any of the child's children who are born after the date the parental rights were terminated.

Example: Amy's parental rights to her child Julie are terminated when Julie is 16. Julie already has one child, Jill, at the time Amy's parental rights are terminated. Subsequently, Julie has a second child, Bill. As a result, Amy no longer has a legal relationship with Julie or Bill, but she retains her grandparent relationship to Jill.

Note: A parent whose parental rights have been terminated is not considered the natural parent of their biological child.

Relationships that existed between the child and other relatives of the biological parent are not interrupted or terminated. The only relationship terminated is that of the parent that relinquished his or her parental rights. Example: The child's biological or adoptive grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins still have the same relationship to the child they had before the parental rights were terminated.

Related Policy

Child Support and Medical Support Referrals, A-1122.2

A—212 Relationships Resulting from Adoption Procedures

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

All Programs

A legal parent/child relationship is created when an individual adopts a child. The adoptive parent/child relationship creates the same relationships with the adoptive parent's relatives that are created with a biological parent/child relationship. Example: When a grandparent adopts a biological grandchild, the:

  • grandparent becomes the child's adoptive parent, and
  • the biological parent becomes the child's adoptive sibling.

A—213 Adoption Household Composition Situations

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015


Adoption household composition is determined by the advisor using the following steps:

Step 1Identify all eligible children for the applicant/recipient.
Step 2Include all eligible children in the certified group.
Step 3Include all siblings of the children included in Step 2 if they are eligible children and cannot be certified separately from their sibling. Include a minor's child at the caretaker/payee's request.

Example 1

If a household consists of the applicant, the applicant's two biological children, ages 15 and 17, the 15-year-old's baby (age 1) that the applicant has adopted, and the 17-year-old's 2-year-old baby, the advisor must:

Step 1

Identify eligible children:

  • 15-year-old (daughter of applicant)
  • 17-year-old (daughter of applicant)
  • 1-year-old (adopted daughter)
  • 2-year-old (applicant's grandchild – include at applicant's request)
Step 2

Include in certified group:

  • applicant
  • 15-year-old
  • 17-year-old
  • 1-year-old
Step 3

Include in certified group at the applicant's request:

  • 2-year-old

Example 2

If a household consists of the applicant, adopted child (biological grandchild), and the adopted child's half-sibling, not related to the applicant, the advisor must:

Step 1

Identify eligible children:

  • adopted child
Step 2

Include in certified group:

  • applicant
  • adopted child
Step 3N/A – there are no optional eligible children.

Note: For TP 32, TP 33, TP 34, TP 35, TP 43, TP 44, TP 48 or TP 56, the half-sibling can be considered an independent child when determining the child's eligibility for Medicaid. See A-910, General Policy.