Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)


Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is one of Massachusetts’ cash assistance programs, better known as “TANF”.

TAFDC is designed to provide temporary cash assistance to needy families with children and pregnant women with little or no assets or income.1

Massachusetts defines a “needy family” as a family with a child or a non-custodial parent whose income does not exceed 85% of the State Median Income.


Recipients are limited to 24 months of assistance only, with some exceptions for the elderly, disabled persons, and children under age 18.

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible participants are required to participate in the Employment Services Program (ESP) for the required minimum number of hours per week in work-related activities.

ESP offers a variety of education, skills training, and employment opportunities. The goal is to help families achieve self-sufficiency through meaningful employment.


To apply for TAFDC, please contact the local Transitional Assistance Office in the county where you live.

If you are not sure which office to contact, please call
Application Information Hotline
1-800-249-2007


  1. If you’re pregnant, you can apply for TAFDC for yourself if your child is due in less than 4 months.