Family Independence

Family Independence

What is Family Independence?
Family Independence, or FI, is also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in South Carolina.The primary focus of FI is to help low-income families meet basic needs by providing cash assistance, supportive services, training and employment opportunities.

Who can receive FI benefits?
  • Low-income families with dependent children who are related to them may be eligible for FI benefits and services
  • Families must be residents of South Carolina and willing to participate in the FI work program, unless they are disabled. This work program requires completing the JUMMP (Jobs Upfront Mean More Pay) form when applying for FI.
  • Applicants must assist in pursuing child support from parents absent from the household.
  • After eligibility determination, a case manager works with the family to develop a plan to achieve self-sufficiency in 24 months.

How do I apply for FI?
  • Click on the QuickCheck link at the top of the page to check your eligibility.
  • Click on the Site Locator link at the top of the page to find an SC Thrive Partner Site near you.