Understanding the AFDC/TANF Child-Only Caseload: Policies, Composition, and Characteristics in Three States. Interaction Between TANF and Child Welfare Agency


All staff contacted for interviews agreed that they had little direct interaction with child welfare services. This is beginning to change somewhat as more individuals participate in alternative programs. In all states, child welfare services are administered in separate offices within the welfare department. In California, child welfare is administered by the DSS Children and Family Services Division and in Florida, the DCF Family Safety Program office oversees child welfare programs. In Missouri, Children's Services handles child welfare functions.