See who's eligible for $450 summer check and don't throw letters with it thinking it's a scam

Families in Florida are being warned not to toss out a letter from the governor with their check.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' office says the one-time payment of $450 per child is not a scam.

The letters are real, according to Christina Pushaw, spokeswoman for Governor DeSantis.

As part of the governor's new budget plan, direct payments will be made.

Families in Florida who qualify will receive the funds.

According to Governor DeSantis' letter, the money can be spent on anything from diapers to fuel.

Who is eligible?

Inflation-affected families will benefit from the money.

2. Relative caregivers

1. Foster parents

To qualify, they must fall into one of the following categories:

5. Guardianship assistance program participants

4. Families receiving TANF cash assistance

3. Non-relative caregivers

A one-time payment of $450 per child will benefit at least 59,000 eligible families.

Families do not need to apply.

Checks have been mailed directly to the recipients.

It is expected that the money will arrive within seven days, according to the state.

In June, Governor DeSantis signed off on the $35.5 million Florida state budget.

New budget

Hope Florida - A Pathway to Prosperity is the initiative that is receiving the funds.

The campaign is being led by Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis. Helping people become self-sufficient is the goal.

Foster and adoptive families now have a one-stop-shop to connect with dedicated Care Navigators who can provide support and guidance for their immediate and future family needs.

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