OFA Webinar: Re-Engaging Parents in the Workforce: A Tribal TANF Perspective

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the livelihoods, finances, and well-being of millions of individuals in Indian Country. According to one survey, fifty-five percent of Native American households reported facing serious financial problems since the onset of the pandemic, and nearly half reported that at least one household member had either lost their job, been furloughed, or had their wages or hours reduced. Compounding the burden of job losses are widespread school shutdowns and the lack of affordable child care, which simultaneously hinder TANF-participating parents, particularly mothers, from gaining meaningful employment while imposing additional costs on already tight family resources.

These trends present urgent and essential demands on Tribal TANF programs. To respond to these challenges, the Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar on October 27, 2021, which provided insights on Federal and State resources that can assist parents in transitioning into employment, as well as innovative practices from Tribal TANF, child care, and community organizations to support low-income families. The webinar also identified strategies for coordinating Tribal TANF and Child Care offices. Presenters included Matthew Gregg, Senior Economist, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Zenia Haynes, ACF, Office of Child Care Region V; Lisa Blackmon, ACF, Office of Child Care Region VI; and Deborah Northburg, Senior Director of Child & Family Services, Luqu Kenu Enhancement (Dena’ina for Everyone is Family), Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Courtney Barthle, Senior Director of Poverty Solutions at ICF, moderated.

Record Type: 
Webinar / Webcast
Publication Date: 
October, 2021
October 27, 2021
Webinar Date: 
October 27, 2021
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (AK)
  • Employment
  • Education and Training
  • Family Strengthening
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Care
  • Special Populations
  • Tribal TANF