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Household Composition Definitions

You must familiarize yourself with the definitions that Child Care Subsidy uses to describe the people who might qualify or must participate in the Child Care program. The following list includes the terms you must know to create a Child Care household.

Child Care Policy defines​ ​a child as ​a person under the age of 18 who is not a parent or emancipated.
​an adult as ​a person who turned 18, an emancipated minor, or has a child.
​a parent as a person who is a biological father or mother, an adopted father or mother, or a current or former step-father or step-mother.
​a caretaker as ​an adult who acts as a parent to a child. He or she does not have to be related to the child and may or may not be legally and financially responsible for the child.
a sibling as ​a child who shares at least one parent with a child who needs Child Care.
​an adult non-relative as any person over the age of 18 or an emancipated minor and who is not related to the parent or caretaker by blood, adoption, or marriage. The adult non-relative may or may not be acting in the role of a spouse.
​a minor parent as a biological father or mother who is under 18 years of age. Minor parents are adults due to being a child’s parent.
​a spouse as a person married by ceremony or common law.
acting in the role of a spouse as a non-relative adult who lives in the home and is represented as part of a couple with or in a physical relationship with the parent or caretaker needing child care.

DHS Policy covers the Definition of household composition terms at 340:40-7-6(a).

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