MCWNN 2009: Barriers to and Receipt of TANF and Implications for Well-Being Among “Not-Qualified” Latino Immigrant Families in a Rural California County

MCWNN 2009: Barriers to and Receipt of TANF and Implications for Well-Being Among “Not-Qualified” Latino Immigrant Families in a Rural California County

Delivered at the Third National MCWNN Forum at University of Texas, School of Social Work, San Antonio, TX (January 2009)
Presenter: Richard Speiglman, Child and Family Policy Institute, California

Citizen children with undocumented parents are eligible for “child-only” TANF grants. In such cases, the adults and many of the children are not part of the assistance unit because they are considered “not qualified” immigrants. With funding provided by the American Humane Association, researchers at the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, Urban Institute and American Humane conducted a case study in one California county. The study examined how families with and without adult cash assistance make do; the barriers to receipt of benefits for eligible family members; services children need that, were they available, might promote optimum development; and possible compromise to children’s general well-being — and hence the potential role of the child welfare system — from minimal TANF support.

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