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Advice, co-counseling, and full representation.
CCWRO provides consultation, and co-counseling on issues relating to public benefit programs, such as: Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) aka CalWORKS, Food Stamps, General Assistance, SSI, Child Care and the Welfare Employment Programs.


Information Services

Publications: Public Assistance Table, New Welfare News Bulletin.
We will provide an immediate response to questions from legal services programs regarding public benefit programs, laws, and regulations.



By telephone, appointment (in person), e-mail, and mail.
CCWRO staff is available for consultation Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  CCWRO responds to all telephone calls/e-mails immediately, but no later than the next working day.



CCWRO will provide individual office training free of charge upon request and based upon availability of time.  Please contact CCWRO if your office wants training in any aspect of public assistance.

Who we are

The Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations, Inc. (CCWRO) has been providing advocacy in the public benefits field since the early 1980s. CCWRO is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides back-up services to qualified legal service field programs funded by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and pro-bono attorneys referred to CCWRO by such legal services field programs.

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CCWRO’s View of Welfare Reform

Welfare reform or welfare deform? Historically, most of the so-called “welfare reform” enactments have made life more difficult for impoverished children and their families. 

The latest welfare deform program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) P.L. 104-193, is the latest attempt at reforming welfare. It imposes 2-year time limits on impoverished families. After two years many impoverished families, who for the most part are single mothers, lose their safety net and are sentenced to becoming homeless and/or foodless in the United States of America.

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WELFARE REFORM: Myths vs. Facts

WELFARE REFORM: Myths vs. Facts  

The federal Family Support Act of 1988 sought to transform Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) from a program that makes it possible for single mothers to stay home with their children into a mandatory work and training program. The controvers ial legislation was just the first of a series of welfare reforms that seek to dictate the behavior of women on public assistance. Some states now deny additional benefits for children born to women on welfare. Others cut benefits to families who fail t o see a doctor, keep kids in school or pay rent on time. In the name of fraud prevention, some states now fingerprint welfare mothers. And in the White House and the Capitol, the current welfare debate centers around how best to impose a two-year limit on participation in the program.

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What Happens to TANF Money


Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) 

30% - Goes to Poor Families

70% - Goes to the State and Local Government

According to Senator Hatch a lot of this money goes to Child Welfare to take care of children taken from their natural parents, often due to poverty and placed in foster care.




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CCWRO Seeking Plaintiffs

If there is a federal government shut down do you still want to get your food stamps? 

We need plaintiffs for a law suit to make sure you do not find yourself without food stamps when there is a government shut down.

If you want to fight to make sure the government does not take away your food stamps, email us at "Ask CCWRO" right away.

How to Ask for a State Hearing (welfare fair hearing)

On-Line State Hearing Request


You can complete the attached fill-able PDF form and fax it to 916-651-2789 OR 916-651-2737.

CCWRO Fillable State Hearing Request PDF Form

How to ask for an expedited State Hearing



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