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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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This one feels that if this mother were trying so hard for her offspring she would do less body modification & more bill paying.

934 days ago


I don't agree on this one, TMZ.

-Don't think Nadya is a sad story, not at all.

Maybe the current situation could be better, isn't preferred.

-But this will change - and in time.

-Once someone sees how to best market and utilize this.

What's clear is that she's a spirited and beautiful woman.

-Fascinating to listen to, would watch her 24/7.

-But that hosts such as Oprah and Anderson don't really know how to get at it - how to interview her.

They go into the interview from an-audience-perspective.

i.e. "How Society Perceives Nadya/Octomom Phenomenon."

-Glancing forlornly into the camera at key moments.

-Nadya's different, thinks differently, has standards, integrity, character, etc.

-Has a Master's Degree, or most of one.

-Studies this stuff - she's not a dummy - she's smart.

But she's into this-trip where her hand's out - please help.

-Which turns people off/gets negative comments here.

-We need new eyeglasses with which to see her.

-I see someone interesting, beautiful, smart, educated, funny, clever, perhaps a bit crazy/eccentric but who isn't.

-Honestly, I adore the woman -

I think she deserved way-more than ten grand for taking off her top -

If I was managing her - and I would -

I would have insisted on 500 grand - opening bid.

That's just to get IN on the bid ...

Porn's awful and needs-to-go - so I wouldn't want her there.

But Dr. Phil was on to something with a reality thing - what happened to that -

Perfect idea, IF they found the right writer(s), director.

-the right creative team going for a certain element.

I'd love to help her - write her story/reality show - but honestly, TMZ...

...who can she trust besides no one?

934 days ago


A new low for TMZ. Shame on you

934 days ago

Melody C    

The sad thing of this is IF the child with Autism was in public school there would be tons of FREE services. EVERY service the child receives comes from the state. Why pay for a private school when no state services are covered?

934 days ago


The first day Nadya's father started shopping for his daughter is the day the card arrived. Suleman could not be seen using that card, so send in the B team. I have no doubts Nadya Octomom Suleman receives another "gift" from the state of Ca in the form of SSI checks for some of the kids.She deserves it after all..she is famous. A full time job???? Then how can she take advantage of little opportunities such as taking most of he clothes off, one must be on call.
Suleman has been sitting and waiting for some "kind" person step in and give her a home, pay for private school and just maybe a little cash for her to shop with or have her lips done.

934 days ago


To the IDIOT who wrote this really are stand offish about this poor girl who does try and work and support these kids. She did wrong, she discovered this, admits it, but she's trying to take care of them, support them. And I as a taxpayer, would not mind taking care of these children. Compared to the millions of free loaders who never TRY to work. So take your smart A** comments and rethink how hard her life is and give this poor girl some support, she sure could use some support. She is surely doing her best in a hard situation.

934 days ago


Indeed...this day was crystal clear years ago.

934 days ago


Quit letting her be relevant! TMZ is respectable... Until they promote things that take up brain space like her. Once she hits rock bottom someone will be able to take these poor warped kids away from her. BE more responsible, TMZ. You are already respected! Make a stance. Not paying for an exclusive is just the first step!

934 days ago


Really? Leave her alone. At this point you are just sick and sadistic Harvey

934 days ago


I am not sticking up for her. I do not agree with her and am very upset with what she has done. I just want to make it very clear, this is not at all how California's welfare system works. I can give you most all of the facts about it if you would like. I have three children, my husband, and myself on it and get less than $100 a month for food in California. I am not ashamed, for we are in need of this help.

934 days ago


Why do my wife and I work full time jobs just to barely get by? I pay taxes that pay for this trash. What are they giving me? I can barely pay my bills, let alone put my kids in private school. Really?

934 days ago

Laurin gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.

934 days ago


In the end, CA taxpayers will have raised these kids from conception until they receive college aid themselves. Let's look at the history: Who paid for Octo to go to school? The taxpayers. Who supported the 6 kids while she was in school? The taxpayers. The school loan that was used for invitro was paid by who? The taxpayers. Who paid for her children's birth? All the taxpayers with health insurance from Kaiser. She is still using money and services from the state and has been all along. The only thing CA taxpayers can hope for at this point is some of the millions that have been scammed out of them will create a couple of productive adults out of that group. Unfortunately, more likely some will end up still sucking off the taxpayers as adults via Government handouts or prison.

934 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Really surprise you she's on food stamps TMZ? Medicaid paid millions for the birth of those kids she paid to have implanted in her, while newly unisured, laid off families were being denied.

934 days ago


I think that lunatic doctor that fertilized her needs to be paying for these kids. It's OBVIOUS to anyone that has listened to her speak, she is NUTZ!!! I mean he knew her financial history and the fact that she couldn't even afford the ones she had. At least I think that was the case.
You listen to her speak and it's impossible not to hear the delusion that she lives in.

934 days ago
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