Working with Families in THP- Plus

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Working with Families in THP- Plus. Julie Jackson, Bill Wilson Center Angela Martinez, Bill Wilson Center Amber Goggia, St. Annes Peggy Perry, Larkin Street Youth Services. CalWORKs California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids. Cash aid program for low income families - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Working with Families in THP- Plus Julie Jackson, Bill Wilson CenterAngela Martinez, Bill Wilson CenterAmber Goggia, St. AnnesPeggy Perry, Larkin Street Youth Services

  • CalWORKsCalifornia Work Opportunity and Responsibility to KidsCash aid program for low income families Subsidized child careEmployment and training programsTransportation costsSubstance abuse, mental health and domestic violence counseling Helps families move towards greater self-sufficiency

  • Basic CalWORKs RequirementsBe a United States citizen or a lawful immigrant Have a Social Security number or have applied for one Reside in California and intend to stay Have children or are pregnantIf both parents are in the home, the principal wage earner is either unemployed or working less than 100 hours per month at the time they apply for assistance Have a net monthly income less than the maximum aid payment for family size, and have less than $2000 in cash, bank accounts and other resources Provide proof of regular school attendance for all school age children and proof of immunizations for all children under the age of six Perform 32 hours of work related activities per week for a single parent household or 35 hours per week in a two-parent household Cooperate with child support requirements unless the participant is a victim of domestic violence, the participant or child(ren) may be in danger if Child Support Services Department contacts the absentparent, or when rape or incest has occurred

  • CalWORKs Time Limits

    Adults can generally only receive 60 months of cash aid for their whole life. Some exceptions to the 60 month time limit are as follows:

    Disabled and getting benefits such as Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP), Workers Compensation or State Disability Insurance (SDI)

    A victim of domestic violence and the County determines good cause exists to waive time limits

  • CalWORKs Child Care ProgramHelps families access immediate, affordable, and quality child care necessary for them to move off cash assistanceMust be a CalWORKs participant attending school, working, or completing approved Welfare-to-Work activitiesWork with an eligibility worker to identify a child care provider of the parents choice3 different stages of CalWORKs child care: Stage 1 begins with a families entry into the Cal-WORKs program. Each family may be served in Stage 1 for up to six months or until the familys work activity and child care become stable. Stage 2 begins when the parents employment and child care arrangements are stable. Families may remain in this stage for up to 24 months after they stop receiving CalWORKs cash assistance.Stage 3 is available (based on funding) to former CalWORKs participants who have exceeded their 24-months of child care

  • Welfare-to-Work (WtW) ProgramJob preparation workshopsVocational assessment and training programsMental health servicesSubstance abuse treatmentDomestic violence counselingPost-Employment services for up to 12 months Participation is mandatory unless:Show proof of employmentCustodial parent is 18 or 19 years of age and is a Cal-Learn participantSingle parent caring for a child under one year of ageParticipant is disabled or has a medical excuse

  • Cal-Learn ProgramFor CalWORKs participants under 19 years of age who are pregnant or parenting, and have not yet completed their high school educationRequired to enroll in high school or an equivalencyprogramPayments for child care, transportation and school expensesIntensive Case Management to assist participants in obtaining health andsocial services such as Women, Infant and Children(WIC), Food Stamps and Medi-CalBonuses of $100 up to four times a year for each report card showing an average grade of C or better, and sanctions of $100 for each report card with an average below a C or for failure to submitreport cards without good cause$500 bonus for receiving a high school diploma or its equivalentParticipants who turn 19 years of age while in the Cal-Learn Program may volunteer to remain in the program until they receive their high school diploma or equivalent, or turn age 20

  • Barriers to Including the Other Parent

    Varying levels of commitment Level of engagementPresence of domestic violenceUnhealthy relationship (no DV)Child abuse risk potentialProgrammatic limitationsNon biological care giverDesire to co-habitateLimited program resources

  • Benefits to Including the Other ParentSupports bonding and attachment between parent and childCo-parenting can provide emotional, social and economic benefits for familyFosters life long connections for the child as well as the THP + youthPromotes shared responsibility and parental engagementClose contact with family unit can help to identify and prevent potential risks (i.e. child abuse, neglect, drug use, etc.)Promotes youth development and self-determinationProvides opportunity to link other parent to services they may be eligible for but are not receivingEnriches group learning

  • AssessmentBegin at IntakeClient driven Relationship stability and historyBiological vs. non biological parentCurrent or past domestic violenceCurrent or past child welfare involvementCurrent living situationsSubstance abuse Stability and current needs of other parent

  • Engagement the Other ParentBegin at intake if possibleExplain program purpose and participation expectations Family meetingsParenting group participation Referral services

  • Co-habitationCase by case Emphasis on budgeting and financial contribution (rent, food, utilities, childcare, etc.)Parenting educationRelationship counselingIf living together is not an immediate option: Provide the opportunity to re-assess in the future (6 months, 1 year)Provide resources, support and preparation for future co-habitation (upon graduation or program exit)

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