Definitions for "TANF"
a category of public assistance paid on behalf of children who are deprived of one or both parents by reason of death, disability or continued absence from the home.
TANF is an income support program for households with children.
Created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, TANF became effective in South Carolina on December 1, 1996, and replaced what was then commonly known as "welfare": Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) programs. TANF provides financial support to needy families with children and provides parents with job preparation, work, and support services to enable them to leave the program and become self-sufficient.