MLRI: Overview of the TAFDC Program, Massachusetts Cash Assistance Program for Families

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings

  • Product Number: 2220086WBA
  • Publication Date: 12/9/2021
  • Length: 5.5 Hours CLE Credit Note
  • Copyright: © 2021 MCLE, Inc.
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    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 non-citizen eligibility/public charge.

    Materials will include PowerPoint handouts and other resources. If the rules are no longer in flux because of COVID-19, we will also provide an updated TAFDC Advocacy Guide: An Advocate's Guide to the Massachusetts Welfare Rules for Families. The December 2019 edition is available free at <custom_link destination="">


    MCLE, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and other Massachusets legal services programs collaborate to provide annual basic public benefits advocacy training events for the many public and private sector lawyers and community advocates who assist Massachusetts residents to qualify for and receive public benefits. Detailed materials are distributed electronically for all trainings.

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    MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.

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    Deborah Harris, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston


    Lisa Bradley, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Lizbeth A. Ginsburg, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Melanie Malherbe, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Naomi A. Meyer, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Dinah Jean Philippe, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston