Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [TANF] Law and Legal Definition

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families refers to a federal assistance programs. It was formed in 1997. It is a social security program which provides financial assistance to indigent American families with dependent children through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are guidelines framed by the federal government by which states follow to provide benefit schemes under this program. However, the welfare schemes differ depending on each state’s regulations. TANF also provides assistance to unmarried minor parents who are living with a responsible guardian or an adult. However, paternity of the child must be established to receive the benefits.