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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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Donna Edwards    

I am so sich of hearing about the sick and made up stories of "octomom" For God'sake, the woman has a name. Please be a little respectful! What an accommplishment to raise so many kids on your own. I wish I was rich and could afford to send them money for food and maybe a trip to Disney. These children are beautiful. They are God's children. These children cannot help how they were brought into this world. What is wrong with you people? Where is the compassion if not for the mother then for the children. It is nothing for Mexican children to be born to illegal aliens in this country, they are treated better than "octomom" children. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. It saids in the Bible that you should be aware, that children are much loved above all by Jesus no matter how they got here. Leave this woman alone. She will get to heaven much sooner than you hypocrites will.

874 days ago


As long as TMZ or Radar Online or OctoMom gets someone to swallow the truth then I can discharge her debts as she is not supposed-to be in bankruptcy but rather the US Corporation and hence the state-county-city [little] fictional psuedo-governments too. I AM Ann Coulter and Nadya Suleman's COIF. Have Amer Hammadin call ME to get them outta their mess and his home back, even if it will mean Nadya has to work for ME, she does not need to do porn or be a stripper wheile I AM, except if TMZ., Radar Online, Huffington Post, etc. do not reveal ME to her, Ewez certainly have not to Ann COulter, Lady Ga Ga and/or Katy Perry - might as well get the older sisters or spinster aunts at this point.

822 days ago


It is so sad that she now has to depend on others.

755 days ago


What is wrong about welfare? mietwagen bern

725 days ago


E.B.T. stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer. I think she's doing what she has to to feed her children -- they shouldn't have to starve. Everyone with rare exception has a period in their life when they need help. The children are inadvertent victims of her lack of planning but hating and vilifying her doesn't help. Many people in this country are also having economic struggles. I'm trying not to judge her -- I think she's made bad decisions, but I think it's all about taking care of the children and making sure they don't have to starve because of their mom, like her or not.

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