The impact of state TANF policy decisions on kinship care providers

Child Welfare. 2006 Jul-Aug;85(4):715-36.


Based on a survey of public assistance and child welfare agency staff, this article examines how state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policy decisions have affected kinship care providers. Findings indicate that most states have continued using TANF to provide income support to kinship caregivers, and some have used TANF to find related support services. These payments, however, are much lower than rates for licensed providers, and many kinship caregivers are subject to work, training requirements, and time limits.

MeSH terms

  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Caregivers / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Custody / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Data Collection
  • Family*
  • Foster Home Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Public Policy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States