Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) - Unduplicated Number of Child Recipients in Connecticut

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Why This Indicator Matters

The Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program provides cash assistance to qualifying recipients of Connecticut’s Jobs First program. TFA replaced what was known as the Aid to Families and Dependent Children (AFDC) program.  Unlike previous welfare programs which prohibited recipients from having or accumulating savings, TFA and Jobs First are transitional assistance programs that reward work and aim for recipients to become self-sufficient within twenty-one months.  Unless recipients are exempted from the regulatory time limits for special circumstances, TFA benefits are capped at 21 months. Families receiving TFA are also required to participate in Jobs First Employment Services activities.[i]

[i] State of Connecticut TFA Overview. (2017). State of Connecticut. Retrieved from http://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Economic-Security/Temporary-Family-Assistance---TFA

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This indicator reports the number of children under the age of 18 that were receiving basic cash assistance through the Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program.

The total unduplicated number of children under age 18 receiving Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) benefits at any point in the year in a town or county within Connecticut. Eligible children include those in families whose parent(s) is enrolled in the employment-focused, time-limited assistance program (Jobs First); has received an extension from the Jobs First program; or is exempt from the Jobs First program. Exemption can be obtained if the adult is a parent who is incapacitated, is taking care of an incapacitated family member, or is a non-parent caregiver not receiving assistance.

Distinct count-totals and percentages of children receiving TFA were obtained from the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Counts under 6 - excluding 0 - were suppressed.

Data Source: Connecticut Department of Social Services, unpublished data, SFY 2013, 2015.

Connecticut Department of Social Services, Bureau of Assistance Programs, published data, SFY 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010.

Footnotes: Although children under 19 are eligible to receive TFA as long as they are still in high school, youth between 18 and 19 years of age are not included in these TFA child participation numbers.

NA = Data not available
* = suppressed