DSS: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

See Also: Welfare Reform

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was signed into law on August 22, 1996. This federal legislation provides block grants to states to fund programs that provide services and benefits to needy families. TANF was designed to give states flexibility to operate programs that serve one of the following purposes.

  • Provides assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives
  • Ends the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  • Prevents and reduces the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establishes annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies
  • Encourages the formation and maintenance of two parent families

In Connecticut, TANF funds the Temporary Family Assistance program, Safety Net, Employment Services and many other programs and services for needy families. For a description of all of the programs and services funded by TANF, please go to our TANF State Plan   .

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