Colville Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) came into effect on November 1, 2001. Under this plan the Colville Tribe will serve all Native American families in Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas, and Chelan Counties. A "Native American Family" is one in which at least one member of the assistance unit is a Native American, a member of, or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe in the United States of American residing or intending to reside in the defined service area. In Lincoln, Grant and Stevens Counties the Colville Tribe will serve Colville Tribal families only. A "Colville Tribal Family" is one in which at least one member of the assistance unit is an enrolled member of the Colville Tribe.
THE FOUR PURPOSES OF TANF: 45 CFR 286
- Assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes;
- Reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage;
- Preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and
- Encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
The overriding goal of this Tribal TANF Plan is to assist families to become self-sufficient. The following principals and strategies will guide the Colville Tribe toward achieving this goal.
- EMPHASIZE WORK - Custodial and non-custodial parents of children needing assistance under the plan must work to the extent of their ability.
- PROMOTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY - The Colville Tribe will encourage all participants to move toward personal and community self-sufficiency.
- PROMOTE EDUCATION - The Colville Tribe encourages all participants to complete their high school education (or equivalent) and other post secondary education.
- PROMOTE TWO PARENT HOUSEHOLDS - The Colville Tribe will provide training on Planned Parenthood to encourage planned pregnancies, and responsibilities among teen throughout all sectors of the community.
- PROMOTE FAMILY STABILITY - The Colville Tribe will encourage family stability by requiring teen parents to remain in their parents’ or another responsible adult’s home.
- PROMOTE RESPONSIBILITY - The Colville Tribe will encourage responsibility through policy and conditions of service by requiring full faith efforts and cooperation to ensure custodial and non-custodial parents provide support for their children.
- PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE - The Colville Tribe will assist each family to develop a plan to reduce dependency on Tribal TANF assistance and to assure that each family contributes to the community for any assistance that is received.