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  208.041.  Children of unemployed parent eligible for aid to dependent children — unemployment benefits considered unearned income. — 1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (2) of section 208.050, the provisions of section 208.040 shall also apply to a needy child who has been deprived of parental support or care by reason of the unemployment of a parent as such term "unemployment" is defined and determined by the family support division under applicable federal law and regulations.  The unemployed parent, for whose child or children benefits may be received, is eligible for payments and under this section must:

  (1)  Be physically present in Missouri, living in the home with the child or children, actively seeking employment, and complying with requirements made by the family support division under applicable state and federal requirements for registration with the United States Secretary of Labor or his or her representative regarding employment, training, work incentive and special work projects;

  (2)  Have been unemployed for at least thirty days prior to receiving benefits under this section and must apply for and receive any unemployment benefits to which he or she is entitled, such benefits to be considered as unearned income in determining eligibility for aid to families with dependent children;

  (3)  Not have refused without good cause, within such thirty-day period prior to the receipt of such aid, any bona fide offer of employment which he or she is physically able to perform and otherwise qualified to engage in;

  (4)  Not have refused, without good cause, vocational rehabilitation, education, training, work incentive or special work projects offered;

  (5)  (a)  Have six or more quarters of work within any thirteen-calendar-quarter period ending within one year prior to the application for such aid or have received or have been qualified to receive unemployment compensation within such one-year period;

  (b)  A "quarter of work" with respect to any individual shall mean a period of three consecutive calendar months ending on March thirty-first, June thirtieth, September thirtieth, or December thirty-first in which he or she received earned income of not less than fifty dollars or in which he or she participated in a community work and training program or the work incentive program;

  (c)  An individual shall be deemed "qualified" for unemployment compensation under the state's unemployment compensation law if he or she would have been eligible to receive such benefits upon filing application, or he or she performed work not covered by such law which, if it has been covered, would, together with any covered work he or she performed, have made him or her eligible to receive such benefits upon filing application; and

  (6)  Be the natural or adoptive parent of the child or children or legally responsible for the support of the child or children.

  2.  The family support division shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the state department of elementary and secondary education and the coordinating board for higher education for use of public vocational rehabilitation and education services and facilities in respect to the unemployed parent to the end that those capable of assimilating and utilizing the same may be trained or retrained.

  3.  The family support division shall enter into an agreement with the division of employment security for registration and reregistration of unemployed parents, and shall refer them to the United States Secretary of Labor or his or her representative, within thirty days of receiving assistance, for the purpose of providing employment, training, work incentive and special work projects for all eligible unemployed parents as provided in section 208.042.

  4.  Payments shall be prorated within the limits of the appropriations, and shall not exceed the amount of the appropriations made therefor.

  5.  This section shall not become effective until June 16, 1983.


(L. 1973 S.B. 155, A.L. 1975 S.B. 308, A.L. 1980 H.B. 1378, A.L. 1981 H.B. 901, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1299 Revision)

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