What happens if I do not claim good cause and I try to avoid giving information to DSHS?

If you believe that establishing paternity or collecting child support would put you or your child in danger, you may think that you can just avoid giving information when DSHS employees ask you about the other parent. However, this may not be the best strategy, and could get you into trouble.

If you do not cooperate with DCS, DSHS may reduce your TANF grant. If you lie or provide false information on your assistance application, you may open yourself to a charge of perjury (lying under oath).

The good cause process is there to protect you. If you do not understand how the process works, ask your worker at the community services office (CSO). If that person does not know the answer to your questions, ask someone else.