Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program. 

The four purposes of the TANF program are to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  • Prevent and reduce unplanned pregnancies among single young adults
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

Learn more on our Resource and Research pages.

State Program Information
Names of State TANF Programs
State Human Services Administrators
State TANF Directors
Links to State Social Service Programs
State TANF Contact Numbers
Specific Provisions of State Programs
ACF/TANF Regional Office Program Contacts (pdf (12KB) for printing)