Idaho Department of Health and Welfare / Fraud and policy
My husband and I have had custody of his four children for over three years now, but just had it legally revamped in March of 2009. The ex owes at least 14 months in back due child support and has zero intentions of paying. We are having a difficult time supporting our kids so we finally applied for food stamps. Because the ex has the children for 4 days a month and applied for benefits before us she is entitled to full benefits and we get nothing. This is ridiculous that the government feels it is more important that the kids eat for 4 days out of the month rather than the remaining 27. It is also appalling that she can be delinquent on her child support, but still get government benefits. The country is in a huge financial crisis and we are giving aid to those parties that do not deserve. In addition to giving them aid we are refusing it to the people that really need it. Not only is the policy completely messed up, the representatives of the Health and Welfare office in Bingham County were disrespectful and rude to me. I now have to explain to my kids why we don't have enough food to eat. Not an easy task.