Nebraska Aid to Dependent Children (ADC)

Updated June 17, 2019

Nebraska Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) provides small cash assistance to low-income families with children up to 18 years of age.

It is used to pay for basic living expenses like rent, utilities, food, clothing, and other necessities and is limited to no more than 60 months.

Work-eligible recipients are required to participate in Employment First program, Nebraska’s employment program tied to ADC that provides training, education, and employment-related activities.

Unless otherwise exempt, participants are required to complete at least 30 hours a week of designated work activities to remain eligible for assistance.


In addition to cash aid, most Nebraska ADC recipients may qualify for Medicaid and food assistance. Child care subsidy is also available to the family if their income doesn’t exceed 125% of the federal poverty level.

The family pays a portion of the child care costs based upon a sliding fee scale but not exceeding 20% of their income.1

Application for ADC can now be made online through ACCESSNebraska — the official website to apply for public assistance programs in Nebraska.

For additional information about Nebraska TANF, call
(800) 383-4278

  1. Child care assistance is available at no cost to families receiving ADC cash assistance if their income is at or below 100% of the federal poverty level.