C HILDCARE AND P ARENT S ERVICES (CAPS)
S e c t i o n 6 1 0 0 : Ch i l d Ca r e P r o g r a m Re q u i r e me n t s
REQUIREMENT Eligibility for the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program is based on: U.S.
citizenship or legal status; Georgia residency; family unit income and need for care.
BASIC 6102 - Waiver Request
CONSIDERATIONS A waiver may be considered in cases when a family experiences extenuating
circumstances that puts a child’s safety or well being at risk and the family is unable to
pay for child care.
The following waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis:
Income - Families whose gross income exceeds CAPS maximum allowable
income may be granted an income waiver on a case-by-case basis.
The County Director or designee may grant an income waiver up to a year for
families who have an open CPS case.
Only the Child Care State Office can issue income waivers for non CPS related
cases. The county staff may complete the CAPS waiver request form, however,
the Regional Field Program Specialist will submit it to the Child Care State
Fee - Fee waivers must not exceed 60 days per occurrence and cannot extend
beyond the certification expiration date. County Director or designee may
grant fee waivers to eligible clients.
State Approved Activity Hours- Federal guidelines require participation in a
State Approved activity except those explained in Section 6303.
The activity requirement cannot be waived. However, the Child Care State
Office may grant a waiver for clients who are participating in a State
Approved Activity, but do not meet the CAPS minimum 24 hour
Children with Special Needs - If the child care provider rate exceeds CAPS
maximum reimbursement rate, a waiver must be submitted to the CAPS State
Unit for consideration.
Other -Waiver request for extenuating circumstances or issues not specifically covered
in policy must be submitted to the State Child Care Unit.
Note: Waivers cannot be extended automatically. The CM must re-evaluate the
client’s circumstances for changes to determine if an extension is warranted or if other
services are available. The CM must assist the client in exploring other resources to
assist them in becoming self-sufficient.
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