CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work

Welfare-to-Work is a program within the CalWORKs that assists families in becoming self-sufficient through employment. All adults in the family, or assistance unit, are required to participate in the development of, and participate in, their unique employment plan for self-sufficiency.

The plan is prepared following state requirements, the individual’s unique skills and incorporates local employers, nonprofit agencies, and education/training resources. Welfare-to-Work offers numerous services to assist families become self-sufficient.

Typical services include appraisal, assistance with mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence services, job preparation, job search, work experience, on-the-job training, and vocational training.

Financial assistance with child care, transportation, and work-related expenses is available to participants in Welfare-to-Work activities.

CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work participants who meet federal work participation requirements are eligible to receive Employment assistance while receiving CalWORKs financial assistance.

CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work participants who do not meet the federal requirements are currently limited to 24 months of Welfare-to-Work employment assistance.