5.8 Jim Ashmore 2

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5.8 Jim Ashmore 2

  1. 1. TANF (What is it?)TANF = Temporary Assistance to Needy FamiliesThe four purposes of TANF are: • assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes; • reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage; • preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and • encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.The Basic Facts: - $16.6 Billion Block Grant, frozen since 1996: Interesting fact; real value has fallen roughly 30%. - Uses include: Cash Assistance, Child Care Services, Administration and other specialized child-based services (flexibility) - Time Limited - Work/Training Requirements - Focuses on Long Term Self-SufficiencyWhat Does It All Mean? - Reasonably Ensuring a Financial Safety Net for Children - Often the Last Resort for Families in Need - A “Connector” to Other Critically Important Social Services - A “Bridge” to Help Families Transition to a Better Life - Cookie Cutter Case Management Approaches Will Surely Result in Failure
  2. 2. A Few Web Sites Worth Checking Out:http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/tanf/about.htmlhttp://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=936http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/abbrev/afdc-tanf.htm

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