In order to receive TANF, families must meet certain requirements, such as participating in employment or job training every week. Individuals who do not meet all requirements are subject to suspension or termination of their TANF benefits (called "sanctions"). Sanctions have been show to negatively affect the health and well-being of young children.
As unemployment climbs and fewer jobs are available for TANF parents, recipients must spend more time at the EARN Centers doing "job search activities" without any real hope of finding work. When education and training opportunities aren't available, recipients can get discouraged and face damaging sanctions.