Parental Rights and Responsibilities
CAPS is a parental choice program! Families have the right to make their own choices regarding the type of care, the location of care and the frequency of care. Families who receive CAPS are responsible for paying any additional charges above the state’s maximus rate and must inform CAPS of certain changes within 10 calendar days.
Below are a few of the rights and responsibilities for families participating in CAPS:
- Visit child care programs before selection and placement of child(ren).
- Pay assessed family fees weekly and any additional charges above the state's maximum reimbursement rates.
- Submit appropriate documentation for eligibility determination.
- Comply with audits and investigations.
- Pay all claims.
- Comply with all policies related to the subsidy program.
Report the following changes in your circumstances to the CAPS program within 10 calendar days of becoming aware of the change. Changes may be reported via Georgia Gateway, phone, fax, e-mail, mail, or in person.
- Change in family income where the gross applicable income exceeds 85% State Median Income (SMI) for a minimum of four consecutive weeks
- Change in activity that is not temporary (e.g., loss of employment, graduation from school or training activity)
- Request for change in child care provider
- Any change in child care arrangements (including child care provider’s location, relationship of the provider and the child, cost, or need for care)
- There is no longer a need for CAPS services
- Family moves out of the state of Georgia
- Change in child’s citizenship status
- Change in contact information (e.g., phone number, email address, mailing address)
For a complete list of parental rights and responsibilities, click here.