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Now On Welfare

3/31/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330-nadya-suleman-Welfaretmz-exOctomom is doing what she swore she would never do -- go on welfare ... TMZ has learned.

The mother of 14 is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California. The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food -- and it's closely monitored by the State to make sure the cardholder isn't making illegal purchases -- i.e., buying a bike at Costco.

It's a cruel twist, for a woman who vowed in 2010 -- a year after giving birth to octuplets -- she would NEVER go on welfare, saying she refused to become "a self-fulfilling prophecy" by accepting government assistance.

Octo qualified for the card because her income is less than $119,000 a year ... and a family of 15 that makes less than that amount is entitled to welfare benefits

In case you're wondering, the $119,000 figure is based on an average of just under $8,000 for each member of the household. The more kids, the more you can make and still receive welfare.

We’re told the cash-strapped mom has taken her children out of private school, except for her one son who has autism, saving her $4,000 a month. And as we first reported, she's even posing topless to make ends meet. But it just wasn't enough.

It's a sad story, but one we saw coming from a mile away.


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748 days ago


I feel awful for those kids. They didn't ask to be brought into the world with a poor excuse of a mother like her. She knew what she was getting into, I really don't feel anything for her at all. Good job screwing up their lives, woman. Why haven't they been taken away yet?

748 days ago


So glad I don't live in California.

748 days ago


I think you guys at TMZ need to find out what 'Welfare' (which, btw, isn't called that anymore) really is. She is getting FOOD assistance. Did you know that millions and millions of families get food assistance every month? It's not 'welfare'. It's not money in her pocket. She is trying to feed her kids! Was she right with having 8 babies (let alone the other kids she has) when she clearly couldn't afford them? Absolutely not. But what's done is done and ANY good mother would do what they need to to provide for their family. I commend her for putting her pride aside and doing what she NEEDED to do. TMZ, get a life. Not everyone is a celebrity that makes millions a year.

748 days ago


tie the tubes...if not, you can bet she'll have more kids to collect more welfare money

748 days ago


what a ****ing bitch, people like me work our asses off and have to suffer trying to give our children what they need and this whore did this?? she knew what she was doing, that bitch should have to get a job

748 days ago

BJ Rocks    

She is a disgusting mess! What a disgrace.. I feel bad for all of those kids.

748 days ago


Who cares about this baby factory! Why is this on TMZ???????????????

748 days ago


Have Mike Walters-(One of TMZ's reporters) take the OCTOMOM & her little darlings in.
He's always had a thing for her....even loved her nude pictorials last week.

748 days ago


Put the kids into the state's hands and let Nadya go it alone without the government's handout. The kids would be better cared for (even it being California!).

748 days ago


This grifter milked the government out of millions. Food stamps, disability, W/C, SSI, MediCal, student "loans" just to name a few "opportunities" she took full advantage of for over 10 years. POS!!!

748 days ago

Kim Goodwin    

She didn't have any intentions to have this many kids. Why people keep making it sound like she planned to have 8 kids at once. Ya dumb to have one more but to her she was leaving a baby to abort if she didnt use the fertilized eggs frozen, people are upset if people get abortions or not use their eggs and upset if people dont feed their kids right but she has done the best she can for as long as she can without any help. I know my family makes more than $100,000 with 5 kids and it costs us 1200 for food a month. These kids are here because of a dr making a big mistake on top of her decision. Dont judge until you walk in anyone elses shoes. Im sure most would have aborted half or more of those babies. She is a good mom to them so stop judging and look in the mirror and think ofwhy you judge. Others dont deserve to be on the system but 12 kids no chikdsupport

748 days ago

Sugar Kitty    

The debit card actually looks like that? It's like inviting people to go on welfare. She gets 2,000 a month and can still earn over 100,000 per year? No wonder CA is going broke. I'll bet alot of people go to CA to get welfare.

748 days ago

Jay W.     

It's not the childrens fault.

748 days ago


Nadya Suleman needs a stable "JOB" but I don't see "ANY" of "YOU" pathetic "HATERS" offering her any viable "EMPLOYMENT"!!! I'm not mad at her because she sought public assistance to keep her children from "STARVING"!!! I really feel sorry for her immediate family because as angry as they may be at her, they CAN'T TURN THEIR BACKS on her children and neither can a CARING, COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY!!! Nadya's children are HERE AND THEY AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE!!! She has a mighty tough road ahead of her and now it's time for her to set her illusions of "fame and grandeur" aside.

748 days ago
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