➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: How Are States Using Welfare Funding? Often, Not to Help People Work.
Governing – October 26, 2016
The 1996 law is known for its prioritization of work, but it also allows Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to be used for programs that “encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.” That wiggle room has led states to shift money over to programs that have, at best, a tenuous relationship to work. Arizona, for example, spent almost half of its TANF funds last year on child welfare.