Means-tested programs that could be available to Eboni in the state of Indiana consists of food stamps, welfare/public housing, medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for needy Families (TANF). With the programs available to Eboni, in the State of Indiana, if she chooses to parent, she would be able to meet her financial concerns, and provide a stable environment for her children. As a state employee, I am very versed in the resources our state has to offer. As a social worker, knowing that Eboni is a teenage mother, with a little support system in her mother, I would also link her to community partnership programs, such as S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect). These programs and resources could assist with daycare services, as well as occasionally paying her rent or utilities if she finds herself struggling. They can also assist her with finding employment opportunities as well.
In Eboni Logan’s case, she is a teenager who got pregnant unexpectedly and does not know what to do about her pregnancy. Her mother wants her to get an abortion because she does not want her daughter to end up a single mother like she did and she does not want to take care of her grandchild full time. She wants her daughter to go to college so that she can have a better life than she experienced. This is what every parent wants for their child. She also believes that state assistance is only temporary and will expire before she can find adequate employment that will take care of herself and her child.
Eboni’s mother is right about the fact that some state assistance programs are temporary and will run out because they are structured in such a way as to bridge that unemployment gap so that the recipient can find employment and still meet their basic needs. If Eboni lives in Georgia, she would be eligible for so many programs that would help her get her college education, take care of her child, and get a rewarding job at the same time. Georgia encourages people who are unemployed and are able to work to get back to work and provides opportunities to make it happen. She would be eligible for programs such as WIC to help pay for baby formula and other baby needs.
She could also apply for SNAP, section 8 housing assistance, and Medicaid for herself and her baby to help cover medical expenses. She would also be eligible for grants to help pay for college so that she can find employment. She is also eligible for job search assistance through the GA Department of Labor along with childcare assistance. In actuality, she would not spend the rest of her life in poverty if she decided to have the baby. Her life will be tough there is no doubt about it, but she can do it with the right encouragement and a positive attitude. The only person that would be preventing her from pushing forward is herself.
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Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. Retrived on September 21, 2016 from dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov.
Georgia Department of Labor. Retrieved on September 21, 2016 from dol.georgia.gov.