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Title: Welcome to TANF Orientation

Welcome to TANF Orientation
We are all faced with a series of great
opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible
situations. Charles P. Swindoll
Office of Integrated Access Support (OIAS)
  • Works with people to help them find ways to
    support their families
  • Eligibility
  • Child Support Enforcement

OIAS Programs
  • TANF
  • Parents as Scholars (PaS)
  • Food Supplement
  • Medical Assistance
  • Emergency Assistance

How can TANF help you to meet the needs of your
family today?
TANF What does TANF mean to you?
  • TANF is
  • Temporary
  • Assistance (for)
  • Needy
  • Families

You have the RIGHT
  • To be treated with respect
  • To apply at any time without discrimination
  • To confidentiality
  • To our decision in writing
  • To claim Good Cause
  • To appeal if you disagree with our decision

You have responsibilities
  • Follow through with your Family Contract
  • Provide information and verifications timely
  • Report all changes
  • Call us if you are unable to keep your agreement
    with us
  • To become successful

What is Good Cause?
  • Good Cause is our decision that you had a good
    reason for not doing (or postponing) something
    that your worker asked you to do.

  • What do you know about ASPIRE?
  • ASPIRE provides opportunities and support leading
    to employment

  • ASPIRE will give you the opportunity to
  • Develop YOUR plan for reaching your goal of
  • Explore the local job market
  • Develop skills to help you
  • Get ready for going to work
  • Find a job
  • Succeed on the job
  • Finish high school
  • Become self-supporting

Parents as Scholars (PaS)
  • Educational Opportunity
  • Same eligibility requirements as TANF
  • Same benefits as TANF for parents enrolled in a
    2-4 year college program
  • Tuition comes from other sources
  • Talk to your ASPIRE Specialist!

What are Your Goals?
  • What will YOU need to get started on your road to

ASPIRE Activities
  • Work Goals
  • On the job training
  • Job club
  • Job search
  • Current employment - those who currently have a
  • Field training
  • Training Educational Needs
  • High school diploma / GED programs
  • Short term certificate / vocational programs
  • PaS Program

ASPIRE Support Services
  • Child Care
  • Transportation
  • Car repairs and insurance
  • Clothing for a job
  • Eye glasses and dental care
  • Other job related services

Other than a paycheck, how does working make your
life better?
Income for a Family of Three
  • Receiving TANF Only -
  • 485 per month
  • Working 30 hours per week at 7.25 per hour -
  • TANF 207 Work 935.25 EITC - 100
    1242.25 per month
  • Remember
  • Both families receive food supplement medical

Division of Support Enforcement Recovery (DSER)
  • Every child has the right to be supported by both

Role of DSER
  • Locate non-TANF parent
  • Establish paternity
  • Establish support orders which can include
    medical support, child support and child care
  • Enforce support orders

Locating the Non-TANF Parent
  • DSER must first know where the parent responsible
    for paying child support is living or working
  • DSER gets addresses and/or employment information
    from many sources
  • YOU
  • are often the best source of information

How Paternity Is Established?
  • Once the parent is located paternity must be
  • The named father must be given notice
  • A simple DNA test is done
  • Paternity can be legally established by a court
    order or by both parents signing a voluntary
    acknowledgement form

Benefits of Establishing Paternity
  • The child knows who his or her father is
  • The child has inheritance rights if the father
  • The child can get medical information about the
    fathers family history
  • The child gets Social Security benefits if the
    father becomes disabled


Support Orders
  • After the parent is located and paternity has
    been determined
  • A support order will be established
  • Enforcement can begin and the family can get
    child support
  • If the parent who is supposed to pay child
    support does not pay DSER has many ways to
    enforce a child support order

Your Role
  • Cooperation with DSER is required to receive
    TANF and Child Support. You must
  • Sign over rights to child support while on TANF
  • Provide information about the other parent
  • Forward child support payments made directly to
    you from the other parent
  • Inform DSER of changes
  • Remember You may be excused from cooperation if
    Good Cause is granted.

How much child support will I get?
  • If child support is paid on time, your family
    may get Pass Through and Gap payments
  • If you currently receive child support, you may
    not continue to receive all of that support
  • Pass Through is the first 50 collected. This
    money is passed through to you
  • Gap payments are made when more support is
    collected. You may get additional payments
    depending on how much other income you have.

What DSER Cannot Do
  • DSER cannot
  • Give legal advice
  • Help w/ divorce or alimony
  • Help w/ custody or property disputes
  • Enforce visitation rights

To Contact DSER
  • The following is on the yellow card handout
  • Case Review Unit
  • Phone 1-800-371-7179
  • Address Case Review Unit, SHS 11, Augusta, ME
  • Fax (207) 287-2334
  • Voice Response 1-800-371-7179 DSERs 24 hour
    a day, 7 days a week automated telephone service

  • YOU did it!
  • What next?

Post TANF Help
  • Transitional Services include
  • Child Care
  • Transportation
  • TANF Worker Supplement (TWS)
  • Transitional Food Assistance (TFA)
  • Medical Assistance
  • Non-Welfare Child Support

Help us help you
  • Open and read any mail from DHHS
  • Promptly call us if you cannot keep an
    appointment or complete an activity
  • Inform us of any changes in your household as
    they happen
  • Keep and look over the information provided today
    about your benefits

Benefits are paid by
  • Direct Deposit to your bank account
  • Some money can be sent directly to a vendor
  • Placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
  • Balance printed on store receipt
  • Call 1-800-477-7428
  • Swipe card in machine
  • Visit www.PineTreeCard.com
  • Report a lost card immediately

  • TANF provides temporary assistance while you
    prepare for work
  • ASPIRE helps with employment, training, education
    and support services
  • DSER helps your child receive support from
    his/her other parent
  • Transitional Services help out after your TANF
    benefits end

Thank you for attending
  • In a few moments you will meet with your ASPIRE
  • Be thinking about your Goals
  • How will you use this Opportunity to become
    self-supporting and successful?
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