Colorado Department of Human Services

TANF Purpose

The Colorado Works Program is designed to support the following federal and state purposes as specified in statute at Section 26-2-705, C.R.S:


  • Assist participants to terminate their dependence on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;
  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their homes or in the homes of family members;
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and to establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidences of these pregnancies;
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families; and
  • Allow the counties increased responsibility for the administration of the works program.