Alameda County/Temp. Assistance to Needy Families

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Description CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) replaced the program called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Greater Avenues to Independence (GAIN) in January 1998. CalWORKs is an employment-based program that requires employable adults to participate in work-related activities to receive aid. CalWORKs encourages people to view aid as temporary help in time of crisis rather than a way of life.

Although grant levels are based on family size, the same eligibility criteria apply to all families. Specific eligibility requirements take into account an applicant's citizenship, age, income, resources, assets and other factors. In general, services are available to:


Parents or caretaker relatives that have a child(ren) in the home who has been deprived of parental support or care because of the absence, disability or death of a parent.

Families with a child(ren) when both parents are in the home, but the primary wage earner is unemployed



The many programs and services for which a CalWORKs family may qualify include:




Child and Medical Support Enforcement

Employment Services

Family Planning

Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)

Free supportive services, such as childcare and transportation

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Welfare Reform in California assures that welfare is a temporary support in times of crisis, rather than a way of life; encourages and rewards personal responsibility and accountability by recipients; and fosters a "Work First" attitude. The law has changed the amount of time to receive cash assistance from 5-years (60 month) to 4-years (48-months) effective July 1, 2011. 


As of February 1, 2001, adults who apply for CalWORKs are fingerprinted and photo imaged. Adults who already receive CalWORKs will be fingerprinted and photo imaged when they come in for their annual review. This is State law. The purpose of this requirement is to protect your benefits from fraud or theft by protecting your ID. The information will not be shared outside the Agency. Each Social Services Agency facility will have a site where individuals can be fingerprinted and photo imaged privately. Some aid recipients may not have to meet the fingerprinting and photo-imaging requirement due to an injury or disability. Please contact a public contact office to see if you qualify for an exemption. For more information, please call 1.888.999.4772.

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This organization is listed in the Youth Services Directory.