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[Excerpt] The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TAMF) block grant provides federal grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Indian tribes, and the territories for a wide range of benefits and activities. It is best known as the major source of funding for cash welfare for needy families and children. However, federal law allows TANF funds to be used for other benefits and services that provide economic help to low-income families with children and to support the goals of reducing out-of-wedlock pregnancies and promoting two-parent families.


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Falk, G. (2011). The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant: A primer on TANF financing and federal requirements [Electronic version]. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

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