A months-long study by United Community Services of Johnson County shows that the Kansas Department for Children and Families could do more to help poor families become and remain financially stable.
The report details state policies and rules since 2011 that determine eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the leading program to help the poorest families. UCS found that these rules overall appear designed to reduce caseloads rather than help families to succeed. Only about one in 10 TANF cases was closed this year because the recipient earned too much to retain eligibility.
Download the full report here.