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Provides temporary financial assistance to families with children deprived of the support of one or both parents. Temporary Assistance to Needy Families(T.A.N.F.-UP) provides temporary assistance to unemployed or underemployed families with children.

The T.A.N.F. program is the cornerstone of Virginia's sweeping welfare reform initiative (V.I.E.W.) signed into law by Governor George Allen on March 20,1995. The T.A.N.F. program initiative has time-limited benefits, a strong work requirement and a social contract that sets out the responsibilities of and expectations for recipients of public assistance and the government. V.I.E.W. began in Buchanan County in October, 1998.

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Employment Services
Employment services are provided to recipients of T.A.N.F. This program is designed to help families obtain economic independence from the social service system. Services include job readiness training, limited education and vocational training, and work experience. The employment service program is being coordinated with benefit program staff into a self-sufficiency unit that will work together to support and enhance employment opportunities from the first moment an individual applies for assistance.

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