TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

As I have mentioned in the brief summary of “Our Journey,” I am an Aunt who has Co-Guardianship of my niece and nephew. I acquired Guardianship through probate court instead of waiting for DCF to step in through Juvenile Court. Since my mother and I took that route we cannot receive any assistance from the state (housing, snap-food stamps, cash assistance). With the only exception of medical. Income guidelines also stop us from receiving assistance. 

However, after over two years of Guardianship, we were finally told that we may qualify for TANF. There are income guidelines but there are other requirements. From the feedback I received, it is on a case by case basis. It is provided for 21 months but can be extended for more time based on exceptions.  Guardians must also agree that DSS can seek child support on their behalf. This has been a huge blessing! It helps with the extra groceries we have to get now and the costs of summer programs.  I hope other Guardians not eligible for assistance will see this post and apply. 

Here is an infirmational link below to a pdf document: