An evaluation of “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families” (TANF) welfare reform package to aid child welfare.
This paper examines the “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families” (TANF) package most often referred to as “welfare,” which provides cash assistance and work support for low-income families with children. It discusses the effect of these new economic and social conditions on family reunification and preservation and examines the impact on the poor and needy. It also looks at the role of a child welfare worker and how it is conceivably different in 2001 than it was prior to welfare reform.
“In 2001, cash assistance is no longer an entitlement to low income parents raising children. Cash grants are now time-limited, and parents in need of financial help must meet a number of performance requirements. In the early to mid-1990s, prior to the passage of PRWORA, many states obtained waivers from the federal government that permitted them to put into action reforms to their welfare programs. With these state waivers and changes to the federal laws, the welfare system in the United States has undergone a dramatic alteration.”