The Welfare-to-Work program is an employment and training program designed to promote self-sufficiency for adults currently receiving California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) assistance, also known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). CalWORKs recipients are assessed to determine activities and services that will lead them to self-sufficiency. This may be immediate placement into an employment activity, an education program, training program, or a combination of activities.

Participation in the Welfare-to-Work program is required for anyone receiving CalWORKs cash aid, unless he/she is determined to be exempt. Individuals are exempt when he/she has an authorized reason for not participating, such as being ill, incapacitated, or are caring for an incapacitated household member.

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