Understanding the AFDC/TANF Child-Only Caseload: Policies, Composition, and Characteristics in Three States. Key Questions for the Study and Methodology


HHS funded this study to answer three key research questions:

  1. What are state policies and practices regarding child-only cases?
  2. What are the characteristics of the child-only caseload?
  3. What is the relationship between state policies and caseloads?

To answer these questions, The Lewin Group (TLG) interviewed state and local staff, examined national data and administrative data in three states, and conducted a case file review in three counties. These questions and the methods and data sources that were used to answer these questions are summarized below.