Is your child under 2 years old? You may not have to work. You can only do this for 24 months total, even if you have another child. You can choose to work before your child is 2 in order to save some time for another child. Did you already use up your 24 months for another one of your children? You still don’t have to work until your child is 13 weeks old.
Do you need to be at home to take care of a family member? You might be able to work a reduced number of hours. This is called a work deferment. Your Reach Up worker should be able to help you do the paperwork.
You can get a work deferment when you care for your parent, your child, your husband, wife, or the other parent of your child. The family member must live with you. If your Reach Up worker says you can’t get a deferment, contact us. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont.