Understanding the AFDC/TANF Child-Only Caseload: Policies, Composition, and Characteristics in Three States. Interaction with Foster Care


If the child(ren) enters foster care, foster care staff will notify TANF so that they can close the TANF case. In Duval, staff noted that they never advised clients to seek services or assistance from the child welfare agency; they know very little about the program. In Alameda, one staff mentioned that they would not make a referral to foster care because the state's goal is not to get more cases into the foster care system. However, another staff said that if a non-relative caregiver wanted to apply for TANF, he would direct the caregiver to foster care (since non-relatives are not eligible to receive child-only benefits in California). Interaction is often limited to determining Medicaid eligibility of foster care cases.