The South Carolina Family Independence Program (FIP) provides assistance to needy families with children and provides parents with job preparation, work, and support services to enable them to leave the program and become self-sufficient. The FIP temporarily supports needy parents if they take appropriate steps to attain employment and self-sufficiency.
The Family Independence Program is South Carolina's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, and is administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS).
The three core programs of the FIP are:
· Work Program and Self-Sufficiency: provides temporary financial assistance and work training and education programs
· Prevention Programs: focuses on (a) teen pregnancy prevention, (b) strengthening and maintaining intact families, (c) assisting in the reunification of troubled families, and (d) providing short-term services and resources to resolve crisis situations that might result in welfare dependency
· Child Only Services: applies when the parent or caretaker relative of the children is not in the budget, such as when parents are on Supplemental Security Income or when a non-parent relative is caring for the child.
Participants must meet specific financial and non-financial eligibility standards. Eligible participants may receive some or all of the following benefits:
· monthly cash benefits
· support services, such as after school activities, home visitation programs, and counseling and treatment services
· job training and job placement, including a work experience training allowance
· teen pregnancy prevention programs and family planning activities
· child care and support services to the caretaker relatives in child only cases
· employment retention and advancement activities to employed clients to enhance job skills and promote career advancement
· emergency assistance to needy children under age 18 and other family members where the children are the subject of abuse or neglect or have been in substitute care and can be reunited with their families
· transitional Medicaid
The South Carolina Department of Social Services Internet Home Page is located at:
The South Carolina Code of Regulations Chapter 114, which covers the Department of Social Services, is available online at:
Family Independence Program – Countable Income
Family Independence Program – Earned Income Exclusions and Disregards
Family Independence Program – Resource Limits and Exclusions
Family Independence Program – Need and Payment Standards
Family Independence Program – Application Procedures
Family Independence Program – Time Limits, Exemptions, and Extensions
Family Independence Program – Individualized Self-Sufficiency Plan
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