For children deprived of support because of a parent's death, incapacity, absence or unemployment, cash assistance is available to the family on a time-limited basis. The purpose of Oklahoma Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is to provide temporary support in meeting basic needs, training leading to employment, employment services, and day care assistance for qualified families with children. While receiving cash assistance, the adult recipients are required to work or participate in activities geared toward work and achieving self-sufficiency. The maximum amount an adult and two children can receive through TANF cash assistance is $292 per month. TANF recipients, in some instances, may qualify for other work support services such as work activity payments and participation allowances after completion of approved work activities. Persons receiving TANF also receive child support collection services from Child Support Enforcement. Everyone has the right to apply for TANF cash assistance and to be treated with courtesy and respect.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oklahoma, responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed, or about to become unemployed.
Applications for TANF can be filled out at the Oklahoma Department of Human Service (DHS) office in the county where the family lives. To locate a local DHS office, please visit: