Parent/Caretaker Relatives (formally LIF)

The Parent/Caretaker Relatives program (formally known as Low Income Families (LIF)) is established for parents or other caretaker relatives who meet financial eligibility criteria.


A person who may qualify for the Parent/Caretaker Relatives program must:  

  • Have a dependent child living in the home
  • Show a specified degree of relationship to the child
    • (Example: relative by blood, adoption or marriage)
  • Be a South Carolina resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Have a Social Security number or verify an application for one
Income Limit: 
Family Size Monthly Income (Eff. 03/01/2023)
1 753.30
2 1,018.86
3 1,284.43
4 1,550.00
5 1,815.56
6 2,081.13
7 2,346.70
8 2,612.26
Each Additional Member 265.56

Individuals who are eligible will receive all Medicaid covered services.

To Apply: 

Apply online  or complete the following form(s) and submit it electronically to , by mail to SCDHHS-Central Mail, P.O. Box 100101, Columbia, SC 29202-3101 or to your local county office.

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