The Children at Home program is designed to assist you and your family in securing the services and supports that you identify as necessary in helping your child remain at home. An underlying principle of the Children at Home program is that you and your family retain control of decisions which affect your child and family. Financial assistance is intended to enable you to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.
This program is designed to assist families raising a child with a disability in obtaining needed services and supports. The Family's intent must be to secure services and support that enable their child to remain in the family home.
“Family” means a group of interdependent persons living in the same household. A family may consist of an individual with a disability and any of the following:
- The individual’s parent.
- The individual’s sibling.
- The individual’s grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
- The individual’s legal custodian.
- A person who is providing short-term foster care to the individual subject to a case permanency plan that provides for reunification between the individual and the individual’s parent.
“Family” does not include a person who is employed to provide services to an individual with a disability in an out-of-home setting, including but not limited to a hospital, nursing facility, personal care home, board and care home, group foster care home, or other institutional setting.
“Individual with a disability” means a person who is less than 22 years of age and meets the definition of developmental disability.
“Services and support” help children with disabilities to remain at home, function more independently, and increase community inclusion. Services and support may include, but are not limited to, funding for:
- Purchase of equipment, respite care, supplies, or assistive technology.
- Payment of other costs that relate to the individual’s disability .
Eligibility for the Children at Home program is limited to families who meet all the following conditions:
- The family resides in the state of Iowa.
- The family includes an individual with a disability.
- The family expresses an intent for the individual with a disability to remain living in the family’s home.
- The family’s net taxable income in the most recently completed tax year is less than $60,000.
Information obtained and can be found at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/