Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) currently serves two types of families—low-income working families with children who participate in the VIEW program, and kinship caregivers who are providing for children that might have otherwise gone into foster care. In December 2018 DSS reported 17,731 active TANF cases. Of those, 51% were child-only cases living with kinship caregivers.
Over the summer, Voices interviewed kinship caregivers across the state. These families have brought children into their homes who would normally go to foster care. These kinship caregivers reported that the biggest barrier to keeping these children out of foster care was not having enough financial assistance.
Supporting these budget amendments would ensure that low-income families and kinship caregivers can receive more financial support.
These budget amendments primarily use federal TANF funds. Virginia estimates a $136 million surplus in TANF funds at the end of FY19. It’s time to put these funds to use to support low-income families and kinship caregivers.Read More Blog Posts