CalWORKs provides monthly cash aid, access to food and health care benefits, and other services for families with children. The State of California runs CalWORKs as part of the federal government’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Both the federal and California governments set the major rules for this program, but each county runs their own program, and each county may have slightly different rules for how to apply and available services.
See Office of Family Assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf/about. ↑
See Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 11000. The California Department of Social Services interprets these laws through All County Letters and its Manual of Policy and Procedures, Divisions 40-45, and 80-82. ↑