Time Limits

Starting January 1, 1998, time limits were imposed on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) which allowed adults to only be eligible to receive a certain amount of months of cash aid for their whole life. Children can continue to be aided. To get cash aid after reaching the time limit, all parents or caretakers who are aided must be:

  • Age 60 or older,
  • Taking care of an ill or disabled family member living in the home.
  • Responsible for a child who is a ward of the court or a child who is at risk of foster care placement, if it prevents the person from working.
  • Disabled and getting benefits such as Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP), Workers' Compensation or State Disability Insurance (SDI).
  • A victim of domestic violence and the County determines good cause exists to waive time limits.

On 7/1/2011, the time limits changed from 60 to 48 months. During the 48-month time limit clock, there are months that do not count against the time clock if the adult:

  • Is disabled for at least 30 days.
  • Is taking care of a child that was a dependent of the court or at risk of going into foster care.
  • Received no cash aid.
  • Is a victim of domestic violence.
  • Is sanctioned and did not get cash aid.
  • Is 60 years or older.
  • Received cash aid that is fully repaid by Child Support collection.


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