Forum Session

Ten Years After Welfare Reform: How Is TANF Working for Needy Families?
April 27, 2007


Judith D. Moore


This meeting focused on the landmark changes in U.S. welfare programs after passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). Speakers reviewed the experience under PWRORA and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program that replaced earlier welfare programs, with special comments on the impact the program has had on low income families and children. Changes to TANF in the 2006 reauthorization legislation were also addressed. Speakers raised concern about the poorest group of low-income mothers and children, the status of low-skill and low-wage women and their children, and challenges to the states in implementing the new law.


Ron Haskins, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution; LaDonna Pavetti, PhD, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; Susan Golonka, Program Director for Human Services, Center for Best Practices, National Governors Association

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Haskins and Ms. Golonka are available for download.

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