Report on Alternative Outcome Measures: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant . Family Formation/Stability Measures


Family formation/stability measures address another goal of the TANF program - to promote marriage and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. This goal is based on the belief that families are one of the strongest factors in developing and sustaining high levels of individual competence and functioning in our complex society. The number of parents living with a child is generally tied to the amount and quality of human and economic resources available to that child. Children who live in a household with one parent are five times more likely to have family incomes below the poverty line than are children who grow up in a household with two parents.