What is TANF?

Question:  What is TANF?

Answer:  TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The program provides Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) in order to:

  1. reduce the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting work so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
  2. prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and
  3. promote family unity.

TANF is also known as Welfare program or Cash Assistance Program.