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


The TANF child-only cases may be funded with federal block grant dollars, to the extent that they meet federal requirements. The Foster Care Program is funded with Title IV-E (of the Social Security Act) dollars and state dollars. States share in the foster care costs for IV-E children and pay fully for foster care children who are not IV-E eligible.

The alternative programs rely on different funding schemes. California's Kin-GAP program will use TANF funding to pay up to the TANF base rate and the state and counties will share in the costs over and above this base rate. Florida's Relative Caregiver program is funded with TANF dollars, while Missouri's Grandparents program is funded primarily with state maintenance-of-effort (MOE) dollars (expenditures states must make from their own funds as a condition of receiving the TANF block grant) and some TANF dollars.