42 U.S.C. 601 - Purpose

Cite as42 U.S.C. 601
CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 116-259 (12/23/2020)

(a) In general

The purpose of this part is to increase the flexibility of States in operating a program designed to-

(1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;

(2) end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;

(3) prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies; and

(4) encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

(b) No individual entitlement

This part shall not be interpreted to entitle any individual or family to assistance under any State program funded under this part.

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