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TANF Legislation Reform Framework

March 24, 2022

American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) recently released Core Principles for TANF Modernization: A Legislative Framework for TANF Reform. The Legislative Framework is rooted in the values set forth in APHSA’s policy brief TANF Modernization Core Principles, which use the values of equity, inclusion, and the limitless possibilities of human potential as a guide to TANF reform. TANF provides millions of parents and caregivers with economic supports to help meet their basic needs; employment and training skills to earn family-sustaining wages; early childhood care that fosters development during children’s formative years; and services that prevent and mitigate childhood stress and trauma. The legislative framework is the result of a reimagining of how, after 25 years, TANF can work better in support of the families it serves.