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Protective Services

A child who resides with a parent and receives or needs to receive protective services is eligible for child care subsidy to the extent that the Lead Agency defines the term protective services within the CCDF Plan. The protective services category does not need to be limited to families formally involved with the child welfare system. The protective services category allows families to access the CCDF program by removing some of the eligibility criteria that apply to families who are not receiving protective services. Lead Agencies define the category and the policies regarding how the child qualifies, including granting eligibility without regard to income on a case-by-case basis, establishing criteria for waiving copayments, and so forth. The Lead Agency has the option to place these children in high-priority groups for eligibility, exempting them from waiting lists and waiving income and work requirements.