For the last 15 years, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) has provided critical assistance to many families in need. Over this same period and in the wake of the most recent recession, poverty rates and unemployment rates have reached historic highs and families receiving public assistance continue to encounter multiple barriers to long-term economic security.

As the TANF approaches reauthorization in September 2011, there is an opportunity to think critically about how to link the program with national and state-level goals to alleviate poverty and re-build the middle-class through education, training and continued work supports.

Join leading experts as they discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of TANF for low-income families and single women mothers; the challenges of linking TANF to anti-poverty efforts at the state and federal levels; and innovative public policies to help move families toward economic security.

Discussants:
Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum
Sandra Morgen, PhD, Vice Provost and Associate Dean, University of Oregon
Anyania Muse, National Policy Director of Women for Economic Justice, LIFETIME
Sharon Parrott, Counselor to the Secretary for Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies