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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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Realistically, how did she think she was going to take care of 14 small children without government assistance? Maybe she shouldn't have been so quick to talk down on Kate Gosslin for doing a reality show with her family because at least she was making money.

936 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

@taylor from plano texas you are an ignorant redneck who does not even comprehend the bibles teachings Jesus would sacrifice himself or his pride for the good of the majority of the flock, because of her selfish ways hundreds of more children will go hungry and suffer mental anguish as a chain reaction directly as a result of her selfish actions. the bible teaches people it is wrong to taint the children by raising them in an environment filled with a mother that keeps repeating that she is going to kill herself and the police had to order her to stop saying it in front of the kids the kids are not being taken care of like you say, you are such a hypocrite this lady has committed gluttony to satisfy her own materialistic desires to the point that her offspring are left without the basic morals or healthy mind required to stop the cycle, some call it the 8th deadly sin “ Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). It is without question that many of us in the body of Christ, pass up many opportunities to do good. And we openly neglect some things which we know we should attend to. Just as weeds grow in a garden, so do bad habits grow in undisciplined lives. And lets not forget that she will not give up her pride to spare her children of this burden. What happened to a religious man named Lot? his wife was destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah and his daughters committed incest because they were raised in a sinful environment.

936 days ago


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

'If you're looking for me, you'd better check under the sea, because that is where you'll find me, underneath the sealab, underneath the water, sealab, at the bottom of the sea.'

936 days ago


Should I mind? I don't. She shouldn't be shunned for the rest of her life for her ridiculously stupid (imo) decision to have 24 kids. In other news I haven't clipped my toe nails in a while.

936 days ago


Who took that pic of her card? or did someone make it from stock photo? Really if someone took a photo of her real card it's tacky and should be considered under id theft. The Kids need food, there is far worse people stealing from food stamps. she really is not a Star and probably needs the help so stop being ****'s.... Really the the person that posted the pic of her card should be fired.

936 days ago


Update on my opinion: Actually I MIGHT be a little bit po'd if she's still spending hella bank on make-up. They sell just fine make-up at CVS.

936 days ago

i'm a lawyer!    

sad... any idiot can have a baby, or 14 of them.

936 days ago

Taxed Enough    

Headline - Baby Factory Gets Paid For Having Kids!
Who would have thought it would be a headline? After all, it happens millions of times every day in this country.

936 days ago


she thought some one was going to just hand her over money !

936 days ago


It is obvious TMZ paid Nadya for a picture of her card. Otherwise they wouldn't have access to it.

936 days ago


And this is a surprise? Stupid puta gives birth to a baseball team, in order to get fame. Stupid, dumb puta... children should have been taken away from her from the get go.

936 days ago


Among the many people who enabled Suleman and let her get away with the 10-year pregnancy marathon, her former doc Kamrava deserves much of the blame for failing to refer her for a psychiatric evaluation before he shoved in those last 12 embryos. He should also have declined to help her accumulate 29 frozen embryos she then refused to use (she always insisted on fresh embryos, according to the doc's trial testimony). Those 29 are still sitting in a freezer somewhere. However, for those who think Kamrava should be forced to help support the 14 kids, bear in mind that he's flat broke. His medical license was revoked, and he recently filed for bankruptcy. She can sue him all she wants, but he has no money left. I think the state of California should go looking for her sperm donor(s) and get some $$$ out of them instead of the taxpayers.

936 days ago

Beach Rose    

There is a difference between "welfare" and "food stamps" in California. I am appalled by this woman's judgement, as well as the fact that the fertility doctor participated in this fiasco without having to contribute financially to help support these children. The kids are innocents, thrust into a bizarre situation and home isn't their fault their mother is mentally ill. I'm glad there will be food on the table for them, but I draw the line at cash assistance for her. With an EBT debit card (food stamps, not cash), you can ONLY purchase grocery items ~ no toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, cleanser, shampoo, etc. These are all obviously necessities, especially in a household with 14 kids, but she needs to figure out how to get these things on her own. Food for kids, I don't mind....$$$$ for Nadya, forget it.

935 days ago


and this is a surprise????????????????????????????

935 days ago


what else is she going to do with 14 children? This was obviously going to happen. I think she's crazy but her kids didnt ask for this and need to get fed. Dont act like $2,000
is a lot of money either, its 24K a year with 14 kids. If its for food and diapers, its for food and diapers. How much do 14 kids eat in a day?

She was crazy to do this but its her right. I dont think the kids should be taken away...but what else can you do with 14 kids? I cant even afford one!

935 days ago
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