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The Poverty Industry, Part Three: Stripping the Assets of Foster Children

September 30, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I hope I haven’t left readers with the impression that the only value foster kids have to states are their disability and survivors’ benefits under the Social Security Act. If so, allow me to disabuse you of the notion. In fact, foster children can, in Daniel Hatcher’s timeless iteration, be “mined” for more money than just from those sources.

 

The Poverty Industry, Part Two: Stealing from Foster Kids

September 29, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Next, Daniel Hatcher’s book, The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, takes on the foster care industry. What states do to steal money from foster kids will make your blood boil, so be advised.

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act helps states provide for the needs of kids whose parents have either died, been incarcerated or otherwise lost their parental rights. Those kids go into foster care and states pay foster parents to care for them. The federal government, through Title IV-E, helps states fund the needs of those children, the overwhelming majority of whom are poor. As with other programs detailed by Hatcher, states hire private companies to try to maximize the revenue coming from Washington for those foster children.

 

The Poverty Industry, Part One: The Iron Triangle

September 28, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

As promised, here’s my review of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, by University of Baltimore law professor, Daniel Hatcher. The book is important enough – and important enough to the children of the poor – that my next three posts will be on it.

 

U.K.: ‘Family Court Service Facing Clear and Imminent Crisis’

September 26, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In the U.S. we have been fighting with child welfare agencies for years to get them to act competently and openly to protect children. It’s a losing battle for many different reasons. Scandalously bad funding for those agencies is one of the major ones. Too little money means too-low pay for too few caseworkers with too-high caseloads. From that comes the inability to address real child abuse or neglect, so of course, children are injured or even killed.

 

Study: Perception of Risk to Children Rises if We Disapprove of Parent’s Behavior

September 25, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Here’s an eye-opener (University of California, 8/23/16).

For some years now, I’ve inveighed against adults’ overprotectiveness toward children. Despite the fact that children in the United States are far safer than they’ve ever been or that violent crime is at its lowest level in decades (with the exception of a slight recent uptick), somewhere our culture has absorbed the notion that children are uniquely at risk of harm.


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