Mother of Octuplets Collects Food Stamps and Disability Benefits


Nadya Suleman, the California mother who recently gave birth to octuplets, has been receiving $490 a month in food stamps as well as supplemental security income for three of her fourteen children who are disabled, the L.A Times reports. This was confirmed by Suleman’s publicist after two anonymous sources came forward with the information.

This seems to contradict Suleman's own account. On NBC’s Today show Tuesday, the network aired an exclusive interview where Suleman said she is not receiving welfare.

"I am responsible," she told Ann Curry. "I am not on welfare and, again, I don't want to disparage or seem like I'm disparaging any individual who uses welfare as a form of a resource. It can be a valuable resource as long as they are not taking advantage of it and are working toward a specific goal. I have chosen not to go on it. I feel as though it is my responsibility to do what I can to provide for my children."

When asked about her income, Suleman said she has no income but plans to go back to school and use student loans to help support her 14 children. She claimed that she has “an alternative source of income” that would likely run out before she returns to school.

Suleman also stated that she has spent close to $100,000 in in vitro procedures.



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