INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF 340:50-5-3
1. (a) When the adult provides financial support for the child, the worker must also consider the relationship between the adult and child before determining the adult exercises parental control over the child. For example, a 16 year old girl lives with her 19 year old boyfriend. There are no other adults in the home. Due to the nature of their relationship as a couple, there is no parental control. The 16 year old is acting as an adult and can be considered head of her own household.
(b) Otherwise dependent means the adult provides guidance and exercises responsibility for the child as a parent does. For example, a 17 year old boy lives with his aunt and she provides guidance and exercises responsibility for him. He cannot be considered a separate food benefit household even if she does not provide financial support.