Public Assistance and Child Support

If you receive benefits through government cash assistance programs, such as CalWORKs, a child support case may be opened to establish parentage, child support and medical support.  Once open, you will be contacted to gather additional information and explain the next steps in your case.  

The Department of Child Support Services does not determine eligibility for, or grant public assistance.

For more information on applying for assistance, visit

For more information on child support payments and public assistance, visit