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Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings: Overview of the TAFDC Program: Massachusetts Cash Assistance Program for Families

  • Public Benefits
  • Access to Justice

Available in-person at MCLE's Conference Center and via live webcast.

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash assistance program for families. The training provides an overview of program rules and eligibility, as well as information about recent policy and practice changes. The training will also cover applying for and keeping TAFDC benefits, and protections for specific populations including people with disabilities, people dealing with domestic violence, and people with limited English proficiency. In the afternoon, there will be breakout sessions on child care and noncitizen eligibility/public charge.

Materials include PowerPoints handouts and other resources. If the rules are no longer in flux because of COVID-19, an updated TAFDC Advocacy Guide: An Advocate’s Guide will also be provided. The December 2019 edition is available free at