Work First Family Assistance
(Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) is a cash assistance program.
This is based on income and reserve. All recipients of Work First are
required to comply with Child Support Enforcement, register for work at the Division of Workforce Solutions
(formerly Employment Security Commission), and actively participate in
activities that will lead to self-sufficiency. Recipients are required to sign a Mutual Responsibility Contract
that they will:
Get their children immunized
Ensure that their children receive regular medical
School aged children attend school
Teen parents must live at home and stay in
Seek employment, unless
Work First Employment
When the parent is included in
the Work First Benefits, employment services are provided. The goal is to
move active participants to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Services offered include education and vocational
training, assistance with Job Search and job retention, and any other areas that may be barriers to
work. Referrals are also
provided to local agencies for supportive services. Work First Benefits is time limited to 24
months of assistance for a participant actively participating in the Work First Employment
RiverGrandparents Raising Grandchildren &
Kinship Care Support Group (GRG)
The Broad River Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren & Kinship Care Support Group provides education and support to grandparents and relative
caregivers that are receiving work first by helping families access necessary services, expand support systems, and
promote family stability. The support group meets monthly (with the exception of July). Speakers are invited to
come in and speak on issues that these families may be facing. Learning
activities are provided for children during the support group for members.
To inquire about Work First
services, please call (704) 487-0661 and ask to speak with a Work First social worker.
Click here to view the Cleveland County Work First Plan for 2012-2014.
For further policy information,
North Carolina's Work First Policy Manual