Understanding the AFDC/TANF Child-Only Caseload: Policies, Composition, and Characteristics in Three States. What is the Relationship Between State Policies and Caseloads?


Certain composition data can be linked directly with state policies. For example, states that sanction by reducing the benefit levels or closing the case, but not removing the adult, will not have sanctioned cases in their child-only caseload. Other policies and practices may indirectly affect the caseload. Chapter 3 links the results from the data analysis with information that was learned from interviews with state and county officials and county eligibility workers.