Reaching Disconnected Families

by Anna Sutherland

A new Child Trends report sheds light on what it terms "disconnected families": poor families who have no members in the labor force and who don't receive TANF benefits. (TANF, which stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, provides short-term cash benefits and other forms of aid to poor families.) According to data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, three in ten poor children live in such families—and given their presumably very low levels of income, they likely face a grave risk of the negative outcomes linked to poverty.

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