The state of Florida started sending checks to families in the mail this week. But we didn’t know what the requirements were.  Now the requirements for the $450 Florida child checks have been released.

So, the checks, went to 59,000 Florida families and they are to help families “being affected by rising inflation”. The checks are also getting kids ready to go back to school.

The state of Florida also had to come out and tell everyone that the checks were absolutely real.

The recipients received a letter from Governor Ron DeSantis. Part of the letter read, “This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump. I also want to make sure you are aware of our state’s “Back-to-School” sales-tax holiday, which will take place from July 25 through August 7, to help you get the supplies you need to prepare for the upcoming school year…Please accept this payment as a form of gratitude and acknowledgment for all that you do to help nurture Florida’s future. God bless you, and God bless the great state of Florida.”

So the money was sent out to the families based on if they receive assistance from the state already.

“The American Rescue Plan Act created a $1 billion fund to assist needy families affected by the pandemic within the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program. The one-time payments ensured that $35.5 million would be received by Florida families,” DCF said about how families were selected to receive the payments. “Had these awards not been made, the funding would have otherwise reverted back to the federal government. Eligibility is based on federal TANF requirements and the state’s TANF plan.”

TANF is a welfare program and is funded by federal dollars and administered by the state of Florida through Department of Children and Families.

Here are requirements for the $450 Florida child checks…

  • Foster Parents
  • Relative Caregivers
  • Non-relative Caregivers
  • Families receiving TANF cash assistance
  • Guardianship Assistance Program participants

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