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Child-Only Reach Up

Provides cash assistance to help eligible adults care for the minor, dependent children of relatives or family friends.


Who is eligible

To be eligible, a child must:

  • Be under 18 (with a few exceptions*)
  • NOT be getting SSI benefits
  • NOT be in foster care
  • Have little or no income of their own
  • Be living with/cared for by someone other than a legal, step or adoptive parent

* A full-time HS student expected to graduate before their 19th birthday is eligible through the month of graduation.
* A full-time HS student who is disabled is eligible through the month of graduation or 19th birthday, whichever is first.


The help available

Eligible caretakers receive monthly cash assistance (called a caretaker grant).


How to apply

FILLABLE PDF – SUBMIT IT ELECTRONICALLY:
  1. OPEN the Caretaker Application for Child-Only Reach Up.  
  2. DOWNLOAD it to your computer before you start filling it out.
  3. FIND it on your computer. OPEN and COMPLETE it.
  4. SIGN electronically on pages 11 and 12. 
  5. SAVE it.
  6. GO TO https://ahsuploader.vermont.gov/.
    1. Choose “Economic Services”, then  “Continue”.
    2. Choose “3SquaresVT, Reach Up…”, then “Continue”.
    3. Provide the “caretaker’s” information as the “Head of Household”, then “Continue”
    4. Select “Choose a document” under “Other”.
    5. Find the application you saved and select it to upload.
    6. If you need to provide any other documents, upload those as well under the applicable document type(s).
    7. When finished uploading your application and other documents, select “Finish and Submit” at the bottom of the page.
FILLABLE PDF – SUBMIT A PAPER COPY:
  1. OPEN the Caretaker Application for Child-Only Reach Up.
  2. DOWNLOAD it to your computer before you start filling it out.
  3. FIND it on your computer, OPEN it and COMPLETE it.
  4. SAVE it. PRINT a copy. SIGN it.
  5. SUBMIT it one of these ways:
    1. Mail it to the address on the application. OR
    2. Drop it off at a district office.
PAPER COPY:
  1. Call 1-800-479-6151 or visit a district office and ask for a copy of the Caretaker Application for Child-Only Reach Up (202CARE).
  2. Fill it out and SIGN it.
  3. Mail it to the address on the application or drop it off at a district office.

If you want to apply for 3SquaresVT, Essential Person, Fuel Assistance or Reach Up for yourself, you must use our regular 202 application. Call 1-800-479-6151 or go to mybenefits.vt.gov.


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Other available resources

Children who get Child-Only Reach Up may also be eligible for: