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

02/01/2000

The preceding chapters revealed a number of interesting findings regarding the policies, composition, and characteristics of child-only cases.  It is important to note that this study represents the information that was available during the summer of 1999; states are creating new programs and modifying their TANF policies in ways that could affect child-only caseloads in the future.  In addition, this study was limited to information that was available from state administrative systems and TANF case files.  This chapter summarizes the findings and concludes with ideas for future research on this important topic.