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

In some situations, additional factors will be considered. Contact us to learn more.
* 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


  1. OPEN the fillable 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 by typing your name into the signature boxes on pages 11 and 12. 
  5. SAVE it.
  6. USE the AHS Document Uploader to send your application and any required supporting documents securely — from your computer, phone or tablet.


  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

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Other available resources

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