I adopted 5 children. I get a adoption subsidy. Is that counted as income when applying for food stamps ?

A) In general, adoption subsidies are not counted as income when determining eligibility for food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to the USDA’s SNAP Eligibility Guidelines, the following types of income are counted when determining eligibility for SNAP benefits:

  • Earned income, such as wages from a job
  • Unearned income, such as Social Security benefits, child support, and unemployment compensation
  • Self-employment income, such as income from a business or farm
  • Other income, such as pensions, retirement benefits, and alimony

Adoption subsidies are not listed as a type of income that is counted for SNAP eligibility. However, it is important to note that eligibility for SNAP benefits is based on a variety of factors, and eligibility can vary depending on your specific circumstances. It is always a good idea to check with your local SNAP office to determine your eligibility and learn more about the application process.

If you are receiving adoption assistance payments for your children you may have questions about how adoption assistance interacts with other financial support programs. Because adoption assistance is not considered taxable income by the IRS*, you may think that it will not count as income for other government programs. But each program is different and many social assistance program do count adoption assistance—or a part of it—as income.


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