TANF child-only cases: Identifying the characteristics and needs of children living in lowincome families


In a ‘child-only’ case the adult is not included in the welfare benefit calculation and aid is provided only for the child(ren). The proportion of child-only cases within the caseloads of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program continues to increase while overall TANF cases decrease. Given relatively limited information about the children and adults in child-only cases, this analysis presents the major findings from a review of studies on characteristics of children and caregivers in child-only cases with implications for child welfare and welfare-to-work services.

Anthony, E.K.
Vu, C.
Austin, M.J.
Publication date: 
March 4, 2008
Publication type: 
Journal Article