To receive CalWORKS you must be a low income adult taking care of a minor (under 18 tears old) child.
Welfae/ClWORKS is not a “women only” club. Fathers,mothers and fathers together, grandparents, custodial guardians . . . all of these adults have qualified for cash, medical, and food stamp assistance.
It is easy to forget that two parent households or fathers can be just as poor as the single mothers we picture receiving assistace. The press likes to refer to calWORKS as “the welfare-to-work program for single mothers “, that is a quote from the San Fransisco Chronicle / San Gransisco Gate. Even “eximaner.com” who explains CalWorks fairly well ends by saying they are sure there are ernest MOTHERS in the system. USC studied Welfare mothers, but has not studied Welfare Dads.
Yes, there are far more mothers than fathers, and more single mothers than single fathers or two parent households receiving government aid – however – I would like to see everyone refer to these as CalWORKS Families or Welfare FAMILIES.
Yes, the counties require the adults to participate, however we are really helping the CHILDREN in poverty by helping their parents and care givers achive self sustainability.