As a single parent, you may receive child support and work a full-time job, yet still not have enough to make ends meet. You might also feel emotionally drained and worn out. At the Law Office of Lily L. Huang, we understand that these are normal occurrences for many single parents in California. The truth is simply that single parenthood is not an easy job.
Fortunately, there are resources that can help you when you are feeling hopeless about being your children’s sole caregiver. As VeryWell Family explains, you may be able to seek assistance from the health and welfare department, which has programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps and Medicaid to ease your financial burden. You may also be able to take advantage of the earned income tax credit when you file your taxes.
When you need an emotional boost from other parents who are experiencing the same difficulties, you might reach out to the numerous single parenting groups available on Facebook and other social media platforms, or search on the internet for local groups you can attend in person. You may be able to find social groups and low-cost counseling programs through your church, community centers, youth centers and your children’s school.
As our page explains, the end of a marriage can be difficult for children, but it is also challenging for parents. You should never feel as if you have to navigate single parenthood alone. It may help to ask your friends and family members for a break, but finding groups and programs with members who know how you feel can make all the difference.