Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Economic Assistance
Children and Family Services

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What you need to know

Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) provides cash assistance to low income families with children. ADC is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
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What you should know:
  • Adults who are able to work are provided services through the Employment First (EF) program, to assist them in gaining and maintaining employment.
  • ADC families where the parent(s) are capable of attaining independence are limited to receiving 60 months of cash assistance in a lifetime. The time period begins with the first month a family receives ADC.
  • Families where the adults are not the parent of the child, the parent is disabled or otherwise found to be unable to work are not time-limited. 
  • Adults who receive ADC are required to cooperate with Child Support Enforcement in relation to any parents who are absent from the home.