Understanding the AFDC/TANF Child-Only Caseload: Policies, Composition, and Characteristics in Three States. Benefit Levels


Exhibit 2.6 lists the average benefits in each of the program categories, assuming two children in the household. The alternative program rates are set at or close to the foster care rate and are always greater than the payments offered to TANF non-parental caregivers. The fourth column lists the TANF rate for two children and one adult, for non-parental caregivers who choose to be included on the grant (and are willing to meet the work requirements and receive time-limited assistance).

Exhibit 2.6
Maximum 1999 Payments for Two Children in
Foster Care, State Alternative Programs, and TANF
State Foster Care Payment for Two Childrena/ Alternative Program Payment for Two Childrena/ TANF Payment for Two Children, No Adult TANF Payment for Two Children, One Adult
California 893 893b/ 565c/ 699c/
Florida 769 526 241 303
Missouri 515 515 234 292
a/  Payments vary depending on the age of the child. The payment presented in this exhibit represents the 1999 payment, averaging the payment for a child age 2, 9, and 16 and multiplying it by two.

b/  Rates will be equal to foster care rates (which could change in 2000 when implemented) except without a clothing allowance or specialized care increments.

c/  Maximum payment for exempt caregivers in Region 1, which includes Alameda County, July 1999.

The payments for all programs increase for additional children in the household. However, the incremental change in foster care payments is a fixed payment based on the child's age; the incremental change in TANF payments diminishes for additional children. Therefore, the difference between foster care and TANF payments increases as household size increases.