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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Janelle McCarr, Acting TANF Director

Program Purpose:

The objectives of the AVCP Tribal TANF Program are to provide time-limited assistance to needy families with children. TANF allows the children to be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives; ends dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage; prevents and reduces pregnancies out of wedlock, including the establishment of prevention and reduction goals; and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

The four purposes of TANF:

  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 the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  3. Prevent and reduce the incidence of pregnancies out of wedlock and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies
  4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

 Program Description:

AVCP TANF is a temporary assistance program that assists needy families with dependent children under the age of 18, or families with children under the age of 19 who are still enrolled in school as full time students. AVCP TANF also assists pregnant women, who have no other children, in their last trimester of pregnancy.  AVCP TANF is a program that provides services to all qualified clients in the AVCP Region, regardless of nationality, and to all qualified clients who qualify for services under the four purposes of TANF.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Households residing in the AVCP TANF Service Area
  • Caretaker relatives applying must have children in their care under the age of 18
  • Pregnant women in their last trimester (90 days within due date) with no other children
  • Must have not used all of their 60 month lifetime limit.
  • Provide state and tribal identification cards for applying adults
  • Birth certificates for the children
  • OCS/ICWA placement letter, if not approved to be a foster care licensed parent
  • Work Statements for the adults that are employed
  • Heating Fuel Receipts, if responsible
  • Caretakers to assign their rights to child support payments over to the state for the months they are receiving temporary assistance, and to cooperate with the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) in:
  • Establishing the paternity to each child included in the family’s assistance unit
  • Identifying and locating the childrens’ noncustodial parent
  • Establishing and modifying a child support order for the child
  • Enforcing the Child Support order for the child
  • Social security enumeration
  • Family Self Sufficiency Planning and Participation in Assigned Work Activities
  • Financial Need – a caretaker relative and depedent child(ren) must be financially needy

Application Process:

In order for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ( TANF ) to determine a family’s eligibility, the family must:

  1. Submit an identifiable application
  2. Complete and sign an approved application form
  3. Participate in an interview with Department of Public Assistance (DPA) caseworker, DPA – contracted fee agent, or Native Family assistance Program (NFAP) agency staff, if an interview is required
  4. Provide documentation and verification, including required forms, needed to determine program eligibility
  5. The caseworker has 30 days following the application filing date to process the application. When the applicant asks to apply for another program prior to the eligibility determination, the original filing date and benefit start date is used for all programs.

Contact Information:
TANF Department 908-543-8650
Fax: 907-543-7488