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Final Public Charge Regulation Incorporates Child-Focused Recommendations 

Sept 9, 2022: The final regulation confirms that eligible immigrant families can use safety net programs without immigration concerns, including health care, housing, food and tax credits — past, current, and future receipt of these benefits will not be considered public charge. It will also protect their future by making it harder for future U.S. presidents to radically change public charge policy, and it clarifies that a child’s or other family member’s use of federal safety net programs never affects the applicant’s immigration application.

The final rule, which will be effective on December 23, 2022, incorporated recommendations that mitigate unintended adverse impacts on children, including:

  • Explicitly excluding adults who apply on behalf of their children but do not receive the benefit themselves from the public charge rule, and
  • Excluding non-cash benefits that children need to grow healthy from the public charge rule, including health, housing and nutrition benefits.

Click here to read The Children’s Partnership full statement on the final regulation.

An Informed Community Is A Strong Community

Public Charge: Will It Affect Me?

The Children’s Partnership and our partners at the CA-Protecting Immigrant Families (CA-PIF) Coalition created a community-friendly Public Charge Roadmap for community members to better understand Public Charge, when it applies and when it doesn’t. Use our roadmap to find out if you would be affected by public charge and share this resource with your community!

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Public Charge Toolkit

We are excited to share a new toolkit to help you better understand public charge and  help you bring this information to the schools and communities you work with. 

We recognize that public charge is a complicated issue, that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and that a lot is changing rapidly. In each community there are trusted messengers to bring information to families, and we want to help you prepare, have the most updated information, and share tools that have proven successful in educating partners and communities on this important and complex issue. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find in the toolkit:

  • Public Charge Road Map 
  • Talking Points
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Template Emails 
  • Resources 
  • And more tools…

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Additional Resources

Over the last year and a half, we have worked with national, state and local partners to advocate against changes to the public charge rule, stay updated, create supportive messaging and tools, and educate and empower families. Our materials are based on verified information developed by our partners. You can learn more from visiting the sites below.