My daughter's struggle to find solace from her crippling mental health disabilities has been an ongoing battle for years. Having had a few stays in the children's mental health ward, along with taking part in a program for children with debilitating anxiety (24/5 stay for three months), all of which took place three hours away from home, has been an ongoing struggle for both her father and I. (Not to mention her older brother)
Ashlynd's mental health has caused many ripple affects throughout her everyday life, from school to extra curricular activities to home life. In many cases these ripple affects caused more of a "lack" of life! Making sure she was getting the help she needed became our main goal for years and years. We never thought we'd ever qualify for any benefits from these trials.
The Canadian child disability tax credit was brought to my attention some months ago by a family friend. She and her husband had investigated this "phenomenon". Weighing the pros and cons, they pursued the process by filling out the appropriate paperwork and were pleasantly surprised to have received a substantial tax refund for the approved years.
My husband and I decided to look into the process ourselves. We approached Ashlynd's psychiatrist about filling out the claim forms, (...of which he did) and now we wait!
Although my husband and I have not received any refunds as of yet, I ask all families of disabled dependents to seriously look into this process. We all know the mental toll it takes on families, but what about the financial toll?
Please find the appropriate claim forms here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/README.html