Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
To assist needy Native American families work toward and achieve self-sufficiency through skill building, training and work experience.

Our secondary mission is to reduce the risk factors that keep Native American families from achieving stability and self-sufficiency through prevention services.
  • Provide Assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives.
  • End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  • Prevent and reduce out of wedlock pregnancies and establish goals to prevent pregnancies.
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two parent families.
TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It is a federally funded program created to give states and/or Tribes the ability to give time limited (60 months) aid to needy families with children. Indian Tribes have the option to operate their own TANF programs and serve Tribal citizens who would otherwise be served by the State in which they live.

The Goal of Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin is to support the wellbeing of the youth and families through quality prevention, education and case management services; through programs that build and strengthen families and the communities in which they live; all in a way that honors and respects the diversity of our Tribal Community.

Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin, administered by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, will structure their program activities according to the needs of eligible needy Indian families from Federally Recognized tribes who reside in Marin or Sonoma County. Families will have case plans that are tailored to meet individual or family needs and can be centered on cultural and traditional practices so as to preserve and protect Native American communities and cultures.
Scott Boyle
TANF Director
707.586.6100 x614