The Active TANF Caseload In Maryland

This study combines administrative and survey data to provide policy makers and program managers with a comprehensive profile of the characteristics, circumstances, and prospects of single adult families receiving cash assistance. The report was prepared by the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Family Welfare Research and Training Group, and funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Reference Grant No. 01ASPE367A) through a grant awarded to the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Similar grants were awarded to four other states and the District of Columbia, and the six grantees used a common interview instrument developed by Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), called the TANF Caseload Survey.

Reports are free of charge, and may be downloaded from this page.



Life On Welfare: The Active TANF Caseload in Maryland
(February 2004) Pamela C. Ovwigho, Catherine E. Born, Ann Ferraro, Correne Palazzo

  This examination of the current Maryland TANF caseload answers two questions: What is the profile of the current caseload? and How does this profile vary across jurisdictions?


Active TANF Caseload Special Issues

“Missing” Domestic Violence Victims in Welfare Caseloads: The Discrepancy Between Survey and Administrative Disclosure Rates
(March 2004) Andrea Hetling, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born

  The first series of three reports on domestic violence examined the implementation of the Family Violence Option (FVO) in Maryland and the outcomes of the individuals participating in Maryland’s FVO. This paper expands our approach to the question of domestic violence and cash assistance in that it also considers those individuals who choose not to disclose abuse to their welfare caseworkers and thus do not participate in the Option.


Barriers to Independence Among TANF Recipients: Comparing Caseworker Records & Client Surveys
(June 2005) Pamela C. Ovwigho, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born

  A study examining the correlation between the presence of barriers as reported by clients to survey researchers and the identification of those same issues as employmentbarriers in clients' welfare agency files.