On April 12, 2023, CWLA submitted testimony for the record on the House Ways and Means Work and Welfare Subcommittee Hearing, “Welfare is Broken: Restoring Work Requirements to Lift Americans Out of Poverty.” The comments focused on the ways that TANF currently provides support to children and families and the program’s potential to address child poverty.

“TANF is important to child welfare for three reasons: its role in providing support to relative caregivers, its significant financial support to wraparound child welfare services, and its potential to address child poverty, which research has shown is a risk factor in abuse and neglect.”