ERIC Number: ED431859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Seeking Supervision: Local Implementation of the TANF Minor Teen Parent Living Arrangement Rules.
Batten, Susan; Koenig, Stephanie L.
Under the 1996 federal welfare law, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), an unmarried minor parent with a child generally cannot receive federal welfare assistance unless she is living with her family or in some type of adult-supervised arrangement. Exemptions are available and states have flexibility in designing their policies and practices. This publication illustrates how various localities are implementing provisions of the law, highlights implementation issues of note, and identifies strategies used in various communities to provide adult-supervised living to minor parents in need of these supports. Nine urban communities provided information about their policies. Responses describe various case management models for minor parents living independently and illustrate issues related to coordination with the child welfare system. Two major issues affect local implementation of TANF rules related to minor parents. Most states and communities do not have adequate statistics to provide a better picture of the impact of the rule. In addition, there are varied perspectives about how big the issue really is. Some suggestions are made to strengthen the provision of TANF services. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Center for Assessment and Policy Development, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families