The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to support children remaining in their own homes or that of a relative. Financial need and the age of the children are basic criteria for determining eligibility and payment amounts, which are time-limited.
An applicant must cooperate in naming the parents of all eligible children and must help establish paternity for each of them.
Several conditions must be met. Most able-bodied adult TANF recipients are required to participate in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) program One component is mandatory work / training / education, unless the caretaker meets an exemption. This supports self sufficiency for participants.