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Teen Parents and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: A Summary of Recent Congressional Action

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Publication Date: August 2003

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Christine Grisham; Jodie Levin-Epstein

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program contains two provisions related to minor parents and their families: 1) minor parent recipients are required to participate in education or training and 2) minor parents are required to reside in an approved living situation, typically with a parent or other adult relative. This paper summarizes Congressional action in 2001-2003 related to teen parents and TANF. It also includes actions on second chance (maternity group) home provisions even if they do not amend the TANF statute.