TANF

AcronymDefinition
TANFTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (previously known as AFDC)
TANFTransitional Assistance for Needy Families (federal and state program)
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TANF is an important federal program that is successful at helping vulnerable families who desperately need assistance.
At the program's inception, hundreds of thousands of poor single-parent families and children - a monthly average of 479,000 individuals in 1998 - received cash aid through TANF. But the number of poor residents who receive this help has plummeted.
New York [U.S.A.], August 4 ( ANI ): Russia and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are attempting to coax U.S.-backed rebels based at the At Tanf garrison in southern Syria to switch sides, CNN reports.
The social safety net for poor families with children includes multiple programs, and perhaps TANF should be only a small footprint when considering these programs together.
TANF, by contrast, is a block grant with fairly broad authority, so states are free to divert income-support money to other uses loosely connected to children and families, like financing child-welfare protection agencies.
As the joint NASTA-APHSA letter states, over the years, TANF R&D funding has provided "valuable information that states and localities have used to improve their TANF programs" and "as helpful as the funding has proved to be in the past, it is even more critical for the future as we navigate an increasingly complex programmatic and economic environment and seek fresh innovations and solutions for connecting low-income individuals to the workforce."
These components of postreform Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs were designed to move low-income families off the welfare rolls and into the labor market, reducing caseloads and reliance on welfare.
Since GAO first reported on tribal TANF programs in 2002, the number of programs has increased--from 36 in 2002 to 64 in 2010.
The TANF program is block-granted to states, meaning states receive a sum of money with only some general rules on how the money must be spent, as opposed to categorical programs which include more specifications and less state decision making.
Because 32 States established separate State programs and moved many families on TANF (especially two-parent families) into these programs, (6) PRWORA critics argued that the law in fact allowed for States not to have to increase the work participation rates of their welfare recipients.
But the center docked her paycheck for Gabby's care, an expense the state would have picked up had she been able to get on TANF. Sometimes she'd go home with just $20 at the end of the week.
Although obtaining jobs may tend to promote psychological well-being, many who exit TANF end up among the "working poor," a situation in which they face additional threats: homelessness, hunger, and illness and expensive medical services (Burnham, 2001; Garrett & Holahan, 2002).