Work First Family Assistance & Employment Services
Social Services provides assistance to families with dependent children through the Work First program. Assistance is provided to eligible families through supportive services as well as a monthly check.
Work First also provides eligible families with medical assistance through the Medicaid program. Applicants are encouraged to apply for other Social Services programs for which they might be eligible, such as Food & Nutrition Services and Emergency Assistance. If a child’s parent is absent from the home, the family must cooperate with Child Support Enforcement, also a part of Social Services.
Work First was developed by North Carolina to disperse federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds. TANF replaced Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) as part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1995. In Davidson County, Work First clients are divided into two categories – Child Only (CO) and Employment Services (ES).
WFCO provides financial assistance to caregivers who are caring for a child(ren) under the age of 18 who are deprived of parental support and care for various reasons. The caregiver must be related within a certain degree of kinship or they must have documents signed by a judge placing the child in their legal custody or guardianship. The resources and income of the non-parental caregiver do not count toward the child’s eligibility. However, the caregiver must comply with Child Support Enforcement in an attempt to secure child support.
Davidson County Social Services does not discriminate in the provision of services to all qualified persons.