Work First shifts the focus of welfare from a money payment to a plan to help families with children under age 18 to progress to employment and self-sufficiency. Eligible families are offered temporary cash assistance, Medicaid benefits, and assistance in locating and maintaining employment. Households with one or both parents in the home must be income and reserve eligible. If a child is residing with a relative they must be deprived of parental support and care because of the absence of the parents from the home and be income and reserve eligible. Parents are required to accept responsibility for their families and work toward economic independence.
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AFDC-EA provides limited short-term financial assistance to eligible families with children under age 21 who are in an emergency situation.