The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network offers services to local*, State, County, and Tribal social service agencies that operate a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program or provide services to TANF families. Some of the WPTA Technical Assistance (TA) methods include:

  • Peer-to-peer roundtables
  • Site visits
  • Workshops
  • Moderated teleconferences
  • Literature reviews

*A community-based organization (CBO) is eligible to receive TA by partnering with its local TANF agency. The TANF agency must submit the TA request on behalf of the CBO, and the request must be mutually beneficial.

Why should you seek Welfare Peer Technical Assistance?
Seeking Technical Assistance will expose you to innovative strategies and programs for effectively serving TANF participants. Prior technical assistance events have helped State and County welfare services identify effective practices for providing services, implement interagency service coordination, build linkages within and across State agencies, and address other welfare-related topics.

Written reports of all Technical Assistance interventions are posted on our Welfare Resources page. You may wish to access these summaries to see lessons learned from past events.

What happens after you submit a Technical Assistance Request?
TA requests are jointly reviewed by the Welfare Peer TA Network and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) based on the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the technical assistance requested is likely to move TANF participants from welfare to work, self-sufficiency, and family stability.
  2. The degree to which the area of requested technical assistance is related to TANF priorities:
    1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes, or in the homes of relatives;
    2. End of the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;
    3. Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual, numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies, and;
    4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
  3. The degree to which the requested technical assistance methods foster information exchange among States, counties, and communities.
  4. The extent to which the technical assistance requested may have value for other States or programs.
  5. The cost-effectiveness of the requested technical assistance.

Once your TA Request is received, you will be contacted by the Welfare Peer TA Network within three business days to discuss next steps.