My best friend’s family helped support her aunt until the middle of march of 09. They had to stop because they couldn’t afford to help her anymore and I just took it upon myself to help her out. She gets a SS check every month but it isn’t enough. I started giving her about $125.00 a week in April of 09. She was living in New York at the time but moved to Texas august of 09. Even though I am not related to her and she didn’t live with me at first can I claim her as a dependent? I’m ready to file my taxes and I can’t seem to get an answer anywhere.