TANF Child-Only Cases: Characteristics, Needs, Services, and Service Delivery Challenges

This research-to-practice brief profiles a needs assessment of TANF child-only cases undertaken as part of the Office of Family Assistance’s Assisting Special Populations to Improve Readiness and Engagement (ASPIRE) project. Researchers first conducted a literature search and then select interviews with state and local TANF agency officials in California, Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington State. The brief describes three major categories of child-only TANF cases and provides a historical overview of how the TANF child-only caseload has changed in size over time. Additionally, the brief identifies needs pertaining to specific types of TANF child-only families, including non-parent caregivers, ineligible immigrant parents, and SSI recipient parents. Innovative models for alternative service delivery are highlighted.
Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
April, 2020
Date: 
April 2020
Source: 
Partner Resources
State: 
California
Idaho
Minnesota
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Virginia
Washington
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Special Populations
    • Child Only Cases
  • TANF Program Administration
  • TANF Policy and Legislation
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