AAA Executive Board Endorsement of Principles Related to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The AAA Executive Board endorsed the principles behind the following statement on the welfare reform program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF.)

A significant body of anthropological research on poverty and on welfare reform demonstrates that the current TANF program, up for reauthorization in 2002, has brought considerable hardship to many poor individuals and families, and as a national policy, fails to seriously address the root causes of poverty in urban and rural communities.
Welfare reform, to be effective, needs to be part of a national policy aimed at

In pursuit of these goals, we support changes in TANF that will focus on poverty reduction and foster the well being of poor families. Specifically, we call for policies that:

(adopted November 28, 2001)