Welfare / CalWORKs

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Apply online here instead of by mail, phone, or in-person.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

If you don"t have money for your child"s needs, you can apply for aid.

No one is ineligible for either CalFresh or CalWORKs because of a prior felony drug conviction.

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.

BayLegal provides some answers for your questions about assistance, benefits and housing. Residents who suffered damage or losses from the fires that began on October 8, 2017 may register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Register by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by phone at 1-800-621-3362 or the TTY number 1-800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

Find an America"s Job Center of California near you: your easy one-stop access to the state"s employment-related services.

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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.

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."

Check out some useful resource videos on public benefit.

How do I request a fair hearing regarding my public assistance benefits? I need an In-Home Supportive Services provider denial hearing. I would like to contact the State Hearing Division about Paraphrased Regulations and Notes.

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.