Free programs that give you help
You can enroll in Cal-WORKs with your family. You can also apply on your own if you don’t live with your parents, have a child or are pregnant in your third trimester.
If you get Cal-WORKs, you must participate in Welfare to Work.
You may qualify for Cal‑WORKs if you
- have children under 18 (or 19 if still in high school),
- do not live with your child’s other parent, or one or both of you is not working full-time,
- are low-income,
- do not own significant assets, and
- are a U.S. citizen or qualified immigrant.
Cal‑WORKs may agree to pay you directly.
Medi‑Cal has many different programs.
First, they will make sure you are eligible.
Whether you qualify and what services you can get depends on a few things.
Take the following things to the Cal‑WORKs office to show you are eligible…
If you are not eligible for Medi‑Cal, you and your baby may qualify for another program.
Even if you do not qualify for some Medi‑Cal programs, your baby may still qualify.
LCSA usually files a child-support case against the other parent of any child getting Cal‑WORKs or other state aid. They do this—even if you do not want the other parent involved—so they can get paid back.
Cal‑WORKs will help pay for childcare (for school or work) while you are on Cal‑WORKs and possibly for two more years after your Cal‑WORKs ends.