During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Senator Barbara Favola introduced Senate Joint Resolution 95. The resolution directed the Commission on Youth to:
– evaluate the Department of Social Services' administration of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and identify the amount of and reasoning for unused TANF funds;
– determine whether TANF funds are being used for the intended purposes of the TANF Program or whether such funds are being diverted to other programs or non-TANF purposes;
– determine whether and how TANF funds can be better used to stabilize families economically, help provide educational opportunities, and provide parenting classes and identify other support services that could be made available through TANF funding to strengthen families; and
– consult with all relevant stakeholders.
The Commission on Youth reported recommendations prior to the 2017 General Assembly Session.
Source: A presentation by Amy Atkinson to the Virginia Commission on Youth