Tribal TANF

Tribal TANF

Welcome to the California Tribal TANF Program website.

The California Tribal TANF Program’s core purpose is to assist the Indian Tribes of California by providing the funding, tools, and resources necessary for each Tribe or Consortium to administer its own Tribal TANF Program. Please go to our Site Contents for your quick access to information on this website.  We hope you find this website helpful and informative.


Tribal TANF Background

In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), bringing an end to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program. PRWORA replaced AFDC, Emergency Assistance, and the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program, with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to States. Section 412 of the Act gave federally recognized Tribes the authority to independently design, administer, and operate their own Tribal TANF programs.

Through PRWORA, Federal, Tribal, State and local governments are encouraged to foster positive changes in the United States welfare system by forming partnerships with each other. PRWORA gives federally recognized Tribes flexibility in operating Tribal TANF Programs designed to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
  • End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies; and
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Tribes can define the service area, the service population, time limits (but not to exceed 60 months using TANF funds), benefits and services, eligibility criteria, and work activities. Tribal TANF Programs structure their program activities according to the needs of their people and their heritage so as to preserve and protect Native American communities and cultures.

In the State of California, Assembly Bill (AB) 1542 (Chapter 270, Statutes of 1997) eliminated the AFDC program. AFDC was replaced with the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, as California’s TANF program. The statute also required California to make an annual allocation of State General Funds to supplement federal funding to California Tribal entities administering federally approved Tribal TANF programs. State funding for a Tribal TANF program is determined by the caseload count that most accurately reflects the Native American AFDC caseload for 1994, in the Tribe’s particular service delivery area.

The Tribes, the counties, the California Department of Social Services and the Federal government (Administration for Children and Families) work in partnership to successfully establish and maintain Tribal TANF Programs that serve, strengthen and preserve  California ’s Native American families.

CDSS Consultation with Tribal TANF Programs

These consultation guidelines are a product of the efforts of the Tribal TANF Administrators and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). They were undertaken to formalize and make tangible our mutual commitment to foster collaboration and consensus in Tribal TANF policy decision making. Consultation with Tribal TANF programs on issues that impact them is an integral element of the government-to-government relationship. These guidelines recognize this special and unique relationship.The Consultation Guidelines were voted on and adopted unanimously at the Tribal TANF administrators meeting on July 10, 2007.

Consultation Guidelines

Contact Us

CalWORKs Eligibility Bureau                                    
Tribal TANF Unit                                             
744 P Street
MS 8-8-31                                                             
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Main Phone:  (916) 654-1322                 
tribaltanf@dss.ca.gov

SITE CONTENTS
Tribal TANF Services
Tribal TANF Programs
Tribal TANF Resources
Calendar, News & Updates
Federal Policies, Regulations & Guidelines
State Policies, Regulations & Guidelines
Fiscal/Financial

HELPFUL LINKS
Tribal TANF Regional Map in California
County Welfare Departments
County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA)
WDTIP Coordinator Contact

CDSS LINKS
CalWORKs
CalWORKs Child Care
CalFresh
Indian Health Clinic (IHC) Program
Tribal Affairs