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TANF caseload decline: The well-being of parents and children leaving WorkFirst in Washington state

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 16:58
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Patton, Deleena
Shah, Melissa
Felver, Barbara
Beall, Kathryn
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DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division
Published Date: 
April 2015
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April 2015
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This report describes key outcomes for parents and children who left TANF before and after recent program changes, including changes to the criteria for time limit extensions. WorkFirst cases make up a decreasing share of the TANF caseload relative to child-only cases, as a greater proportion of WorkFirst families leave and do not return. Relative to other groups of WorkFirst leavers, those who left due to time limits had high rates of baseline health risk but were less likely to transition to disability-related medical coverage. Time limited leavers and those who took longer to leave the caseload also faced greater barriers to work but remained connected to supports and services. (author abstract)

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