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Octuplets' mother says kids still receiving public assistance, might seek more

April 9, 2009 |  8:15 am

Octuplets' mother Nadya Suleman said some of her children continued to receive government assistance but that her goal was to "get off of them."

In a video interview with the Whittier Daily News, Suleman said some of her children continued to receive Medi-Cal but she hoped that would end once she finished school and got a job. She said she was considering using another government program, WIC, to get baby formula for her eight newborns. Suleman said the formula would cost $2,000 a month otherwise.

She said she no longer took food stamps for her children.

"I have to let go of what people think," she told the newspaper. "I can't live like this."

Since giving birth to octuplets, some media experts have said, Suleman and her family have made some money granting interviews, giving reporters access to the babies and selling photos. It's unclear how much, though she said she used some of that money to pay for the La Habra home she now lives in.

Some publications have reported that Suleman has been talking with some producers about starring in a reality TV show, though Suleman in the newspaper interview seemed to indicate that is not true.

-- Shelby Grad