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Division of Social Services

Statutory Authority: 42 C.F.R. §402, Subpart A



TANF State Plan

Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS)/Division of Social Services is providing a public notice related to the State's plan to comply with Federal regulations governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.


The purpose of this posting is to provide public notice and receive public input for consideration regarding Delaware's TANF State Plan, which will be effective from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2026.


The TANF State Plan is a comprehensive statement submitted by the Delaware Division of Social Services describing the nature and scope of its program and giving assurance that it will be administered in conformity with the specific requirements stipulated in the pertinent title of the Social Security Act, the regulations in subtitle A of §402 of this title, and other applicable official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The State Plan contains all information necessary for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to determine whether the plan can be approved as a basis for Federal financial participation in the TANF program.

A copy of the plan can be found at

Public Comment Submission Process

DHSS gives public notice and provides an open comment period for forty-five (45) days to allow all stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on the TANF State Plan Amendment. The comment period begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on November 15, 2023.

Comments and input may be submitted in the following ways:

By email:

By fax: 302-255-4425 to the attention of Tony Watson

By mail: Tony Watson

Division of Social Services

Policy & Program Development Unit

1901 North DuPont Highway

P.O. Box 906

New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906

Please identify in the subject line: TANF State Plan

This notice shall appear for one (1) day only in the following newspapers:

The News Journal
Delaware State News

August 30, 2023

Thomas Hall Date


Division of Social Services

*Please Note: Due to the formatting requirements of the State Plan, it is being attached here as a PDF document: STATE PLAN FOR TANF October 2023 Draft 9-12-23.pdf

27 DE Reg. 272 (10/01/23) (Gen. Notice)