Welfare / CalWORKs
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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
How do I request a fair hearing regarding my public assistance benefits?
Welfare programs in the state are managed by CalWORKS.
CalWORKs is funded by a federal program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), so you might hear it called that sometimes. In other states, it has different names. Some people just call it "welfare."
Apply online here instead of by mail, phone, or in-person.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
No one is ineligible for either CalFresh or CalWORKs because of a prior felony drug conviction.
Find an America"s Job Center of California near you: your easy one-stop access to the state"s employment-related services.
Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.
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If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.
The purpose of the program is to support parents as they transition to the stable, long-term child care necessary for the family to leave and remain off aid.
Check out some useful resource videos on public benefit.
Orientation and appraisal, job search, assessment, the welfare-to-work plan, disagree with the assessment plan?, reappraisal, getting a good plan, and community service time.