(Los Angeles)

Name of Strategy

Los Angeles County Co-located Linkages GAIN Services Worker (LGSWs)


Each of the 17 Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) offices have a co-located Linkages GAIN Services Workers (LGSW). The LGSW participates in DCFS Team Decision Making meetings and Child Family Team meetings to discuss the family’s strengths/needs, identify and provide resources, and connect families to available services. As part of this process, the LGSW screens families for potential eligibility to Welfare-to-Work services and assistance programs, refers participants to Homeless Case Managers to address housing issues, and conduct case consultations. LGSWs also connect non-CalWORKs eligible famlies to community resources.

At-Risk Families Served

  • Foster youth emancipating from CWS
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Parents not eligible for CalWORKS
  • Parents eligible for CalWORKS
  • Relative Caregiver
  • Undocumented parent

Need Area Met:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Child Care