TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
It's also called welfare. It's designed to help needy families become self-sufficient.<
The 4 purposes of TANF are to:
Provide money to families to care for children in their own home
Promote job preparation, work and marriage
Help women avoid unwanted pregnancies
Encourage and support two-parent families
In Louisiana, the TANF program is called Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP). It is run by the state's Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).
There are 3 ways to apply for TANF:
Apply online. First you need to create an account at the Customer Portal: LA CAFE.
Call 888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578).
Or click on link at the bottom of the page to download and print the application form. (It will open in a new tab or appear in the bottom corner of your screen.) Mail it to your local Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) office.
You can also use your LA CAFE account to apply for these other benefits - all in one place!
Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP)
Child Support Enforcement Services