(Los Angeles)

Name of Strategy

LA CalWORKs/General Assistance Expedited Screening Tool


Los Angeles’ screening protocols help identify and connect families to the resources available through the Department of Public and Social Services (CalWORKs). When families in the Department of Child and Family Services (CWS) system have an apparent economic need, DCFS social workers screen both parents and relative caregivers for potential eligibility to DPSS programs. Families are then referred to the appropriate CalWORKs District Office for expedited eligibility determination and services.

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