Children at Home

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.

What is Children at Home

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:

  1. The individual’s parent.
  2. The individual’s sibling.
  3. The individual’s grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
  4. The individual’s legal custodian.
  5. 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.

In the Children at Home program, “individual with a disability” refers to a person who is 21 years of age and younger 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:

  1. Purchase of equipment, respite care, supplies or assistive technology.
  2. Payment of other costs that relate to the individual’s disability .

Eligibility

To qualify for the Children at Home program:

  • You and your family must reside in the state of Iowa.
  • Your family must include a child with a disability, which is defined as an individual who is less than 22 years of age and meets the definition of developmental disability.
  • Your family’s intent is to secure those services and supports that would enable your child to remain living in the family home.
  • Your family’s Federal Net (not gross) taxable income for the most recent tax year is less than $60,000.

 

How to Apply

You can find the application to apply to the Children at Home program here:

Children at Home Application

Children at Home Application-Spanish

Completed applications can be submitted by:

 

You can reapply to the Children at Home program every fiscal year; the fiscal year is July 1st through June 30th. A new application is required each fiscal year you wish to apply. Any application received after April 30th will be placed on a waitlist and processed as funding allows in that current fiscal year. Only services provided in the current fiscal year are eligible for payment or reimbursement.

Additional Documents

In order for an Intake and Referral Specialist to contact or speak to any agencies/individuals outside of EveryStep, a Release of Information needs to be completed.  Below is the Release of Information form:

 

If your Children at Home application has been approved for the current Fiscal Year, but you would like to request an additional item or service a Request for Funds form will need to be completed.  Below is the Request for Funds form:

 

In order to send payment directly to an agency or individual, a W-9 form will need to be completed by the individual or agency receiving the payment.  Below is the W-9 form:

Additional Information

The form below provides details on allowable and excluded categories, however, this is not an exhaustive list. Each request will be evaluated individually based on information provided in application.   If you have any questions on allowable or excluded items, funds available or need more information contact an intake and referral specialist toll-free at 1-888-425-4371 or email iafamilysupportnetwork@everystep.org.

 

If your application or request for the Children at Home program is denied, you may file an appeal. Please see the form below for more details in order to file an appeal:

 

For details on the effects of Children at Home assistance on other programs, please see the form below:

Advisory Committee

The Children at Home Advisory Committee will help to steer program policy and spread awareness about the services available through the Children at Home Program.  The Advisory group will meet quarterly in August, November, February, May.

Applications for membership may be submitted at any time throughout the year.  Upon receipt, applications are discussed within the context of current the Children at Home Program needs. Newly selected members will be notified at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Committee participants may qualify for a stipend for attendance and mileage reimbursement.

We are very happy to have you consider joining. We hope that, if selected, you will find the experience to be professionally and personally enriching.

Please complete the application listed below to help us understand your potential contribution and maintain diversity among our members. Family members who have a child with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Children at Home Advisory Committee Application