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important notice
  • If you are not prepared to stay through this entire process today, you may choose to leave at this time and return by 9:00 a.m.or 1:00 p. m. on a day that you are prepared to complete the session. You will need to notify the receptionist as you leave. If you are unable to attend a session in full because of your employment schedule please notify us immediately. If you choose not to stay for this session but rather to apply for Medicaid and/or Food Stamps only please notify us at this time.
Work First Mission Statement

North Carolina’s Work First Program is built upon the belief that all

people have a responsibility to their families and community to work

and to provide for their children. The goal of Work First is to assist

families with becoming self sufficient through services offered from

the Employment Security Commission (ESC), Child Support

Enforcement (CSE), Supportive Services and if needed, Work First

Family Assistance (WFFA).

important note

The terms “Work First”



are interchangeable and may be used together or

separately during this presentation. All references

are to the monthly cash money payment. The Work

First Family Assistance payment is only available

to families with dependent children living in their


maximum work first monthly payment

Additional children born subject to family cap requirement will not

result in an increase of monthly benefits. .

work first requirements
Work First Requirements
  • Work First requires you (adults 18 years or older) to participate in a minimum of 35 hours weekly in employment, training, or unpaid work experience. We are here to assist you with getting paid employment. You will be assessed as to your immediate needs. If your needs can be met through child support or immediate employment then Work First Family Assistance may not be needed and you may choose not to apply. Other services are available to assist those that are going to begin work immediately.
employment security commission
Employment Security Commission
  • The Employment Security Commission office is located at 414 Ray Avenue (just off Rowan Street) in Fayetteville. The phone # is (910) 486-1010. Hours for registration for First Stop are M-F 8am-3:30 pm.
  • First Stop is registration with the Employment Security Commission and is a requirement for mandatory adults to receive Work First.
  • To register, present at the local ESC office with picture identification and your social security card. First Stop registrants are expected to present dressed appropriately for a job interview and if at all possible not to have children or others accompanying them.
  • Failure to register for First Stop, without good cause, will result in a denied application for Work First benefits.
  • Job Bank-is the ESC data bank that lists employment opportunities.
  • If you are a DSS client and potentially eligible to receive Unemployment Benefits you must file a claim for benefits. If you have questions or concerns, see an ESC representative or your worker.
  • Employment Security website:
employment coordinators
retention social workers
Retention Social Workers

Retention social workers can provide services to individuals who are ….

  • working at least 30 hours per week &
  • previously received a Work First check &
  • notcurrently receiving a Work First check.

These social workers may be able to assist when a crisis or problem occurs on the job or at home that could lead to the loss of the job. They are able to provide many services for up to 12 months after the family’s TANF check stops.

Please notify us at this time if you fit into this category and wish to meet with the Retention Social Worker instead of applying for Work First.

child support enforcement
Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement is a nationwide program established by Congress in 1975 to ensure that both parents support their children to the extent of their ability.

child support requirements
Child Support Requirements

Individuals receiving TANF/Work First are

automatically referred to the local Child Support

Enforcement office and must cooperate as a

condition of their eligibility to receive Work First

benefits. All child support payments made for

children receiving Work First benefits will

be reassigned to the Dept. of Human Resources

to offset the TANF monies received for the child.

child support services include
Child Support Services include….
  • Assistance in locating absent parent(s)
  • Paternity establishment for children born out of wedlock
  • Establishment of legal child support obligations (L.S.O.)
  • Enforcement of child support obligations
  • Collection of child support payments
child support information
Child Support Information
  • More information and applications for Child Support Services can be obtained by contacting the local Child Support Enforcement Office at 803-J Stamper Road (Eutaw Shopping Center) - phone 486-1092 or visiting child support services on line at
  • The Customer Service Center Voice Response System is available 24 hours per day with the exception of Sunday. The phone number is


substance alcohol abuse screening requirement
Substance/Alcohol Abuse Screening Requirement

If you choose to apply for TANF/WFFA cash assistance

you are required to be screened for substance/alcohol

abuse. A caseworker will conduct this thorough

screening with you personally and complete an

Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT).

The caseworker will also complete the Drug Abuse

Questionnaire (DAST-10) with you. WFFA policy

requires completion of both the AUDIT and the DAST-10

if you receive Work First cash assistance benefits.

wffa child only benefits

Are available to SSI parent(s),

grandparents and other relatives who are

responsible for the care of a child(ren)

living in their home. If you fit into this

category please notify us at this time and

you will be directed to the appropriate



There are 2 clocks that run concurrently

  • a 24-month state clock
  • a 60-month federal clock

The 2-year state clock will terminate Work First benefits

after 24 months and you can not receive again for 3 years

unless a special extension is granted.

The 5- yearfederal clock limits receiving WFFA for

a maximum lifetime benefit of 60 months unless a

hardship hearing results in approval of extended months.

(All months used of the 60 month clock are transferred and

tracked from state to state).

Due to these time limits, you may choose not to apply for WFFA

benefits at this time but rather apply for other supportive services

and programs that are not time limited.

other available services social services website http www dss co cumberland nc us
Other Available ServicesSocial Services website:

There are some options available to help meet your needs

and that will not start the 2 or 5 year time limit clocks.

Options include:

  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Employment related needs
  • Referrals on budgeting, parenting skills and other needs
  • Child care services located on the 2nd floor-desk # 21
  • Other supportive services based on your individual family needs

Handouts are available of agency and community resources

If you are interested in these other services and do not wish to apply

for Work First/TANF at this time please notify the receptionist.

should you choose to apply for work first tanf
Should you choose to apply for Work First/TANF
  • We will immediately initiate the Child Support

referral and your full cooperation is required.

  • You will also be required to register with First

Stop(Employment Security Commission).

  • You will be required to sign a Mutual Responsibility Agreement.
mutual responsibility agreement
Mutual Responsibility Agreement

A Mutual Responsibility Agreement is an agreement between you

and the Department of Social Services representative. This will be

your plan for self-sufficiency. This agreement will detail expectations

of activities that you will be performing and note any supportive

services provided. Based on your assessment, your Mutual

Responsibility Agreement may include 35 hours of weekly activity.

You may begin job searching and/or be referred to our Employment

Coordinators or to the Employment Security Commission for job leads and referrals.

mutual responsibility agreement plan of action requirements

Participant’s Name:_______________ Case Number:_____________________

North Carolina’s Work First Program is based on the philosophy that all people have the responsibility to their families and community to work and provide for their children. The family and Social Services develop this Mutual Responsibility Agreement, Plan of Action. It outlines the steps to become self-sufficient. It will be reviewed and may be changed as needed.

Employment Goals:_________________________________________________

Other Goals:_______________________________________________________

# of months remaining on 24-month time clock:_____60 month time clock:_____

Plan of Action: (Describe client and agency responsibility)

Activity/ HRS/ Expectations

Service WK


Our signatures indicate that we have jointly developed this Plan of Action and agree to the

responsibilities and conditions outlined. The policy regarding time-limited benefits, sanctions

hearings, and extensions have been explained.

Work First Participant’s Signature:_______Date______Telephone___________

Work First Worker’s Signature: __________Date______Telephone___________

should you choose to apply for work first tanf1
Should you choose to apply for Work First/TANF

The caseworker processing the application will

need the following information verified:

  • all sources of income
  • birth certificates and social security cards
  • verification of where you live and the names of all who are living in the household
  • other applicable information
most adults receiving work first are required to participate in the employment program
Most adults receiving Work First are required to participate in the Employment Program

The 35 hours of weekly participation required may

be in one or more of the following areas:

  • employment
  • training
  • unpaid work experience

Failure to participate may result in denial of the

Work First/TANF application or a mandatory sanction

(penalty) of benefits that will make the entire family

ineligible for a Work First Family payment for one

month or until compliance, whichever is later.

before leaving this information session today
Before leaving this Information Session today

If you are still interested in applying for Work First Family Assistance…

  • Complete the personal information form
  • Turn the information form in to the facilitator
  • Receive an appointment time to meet with a Case Worker