I called my worker about fs to report my employment. I am working 30 hours a week @ 9.50 per hour. I also inquire about child care assistance and I am told I don't qualify. What? How in the world do I not qualify? I can not afford to work and pay for child care. Especially since this means my fs will drastically go down if not entirely go away.
The only assistance I use, or have ever used is FS and Medicaid for the kids. I know they will still get Medicaid. But if our fs go down or away and I have to pay out the ass for child care, how am I supposed to make it work? I am really confused and upset right now. I am doing my best to better myself and get my life going in the right direction so I can be off welfare and support myself and my kids (I have 3).
I am a divorced mom who was a sahm for 7 years per my husbands request. He does not pay alimony and only pays child support occasionally when he has a job (he gets fired and quits a lot).
I am just really upset right now because I feel trapped. This is why people end up staying on welfare, because we make it so hard for them to get off. I do not want to stay on fs forever, I want to make it on my own. But I don't see how I can make that happen when I have to start from the bottom concerning jobs & I don't qualify for child care assistance. I would be paying almost my whole paycheck for it!
I know all the PA bashers will probably have a field day with this but I don't care. I am just venting my frustrations. I want to better myself for all of our benefits. I want a better life for my kids. It is just seeming impossible right now.
I am going to work now. Will be back later tonight. Thanx for all the support ladies, I didn't expect it!