Posts By: Kristina Ribali

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Not only can EBT cards be used to purchase food, they can also be used to purchase illegal drugs in the alley behind the grocery store. To Maine: When state drug agents arrested Paul Robinson in January 2014 for selling crack cocaine from his Bartlett Street apartment, they seized guns, drugs and cash, a typical evidence haul for a suspected...[ read more ]

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There is a crisis in America – a crisis of dependency, and it’s growing. More than 48 million Americans were enrolled in the food stamp program in 2013, a record high. It is now one of the fastest-growing welfare entitlements in our federal budget, and one of the largest. A new report by FGA illustrates just how bad it has...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Mississippi, Safe Families.

There is a foster care crisis in the state of Mississippi and, last week, the state publicly admitted that they have failed to implement the requirements of a court order requiring reformations to the system. Grace Lopes, the independent federal court monitor appointed by the judge in the case, reported that Mississippi lacks the capacity to meet the requirements set...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Welfare Reform.

If America's welfare system is meant to help people move away from needing it and out of poverty, it's failing. Washington DC and many governors are finally taking notice of the problems and costs and are beginning to embrace much needed reforms. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, a longtime advocate of entitlement reform efforts in Washington, has set his sights on the...[ read more ]

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In front of a live crowd, Samuel tells the heart wrenching story of life as a foster care child. “I was in foster homes because my parents drank. They weren’t bad people, I always felt loved but, when they weren’t drinking, they were better parents, and they were drinking more and more frequently and, eventually people started to notice. I...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Arkansas, Safe Families.

An independent review of the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services released earlier this month reveals a troubling glimpse into how an overburdened system puts children at risk. How grim are things in Arkansas for foster kids? The review, which was conducted by The Child Welfare Policy & Practice Group at the request of Gov. Asa Hutchinson following a...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Mississippi, Safe Families.

Things are grim for children in Mississippi’s foster care system. More than seven years ago, the state was ordered by the federal government to reform and improve the system but, in that time the system hasn't improved; it's declined. In August, they will need to answer for their lack of improvement before a federal court. Andrew Brown, Senior Fellow with...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Florida, Safe Families, Stories, Tennessee.

Many of us turn to our family or church for support in times of crisis, but for some parents, a dependable safety net just isn’t there. Problems like addiction, domestic abuse, homelessness, illness, incarceration, and unemployment can hit anyone of us at any time. During crises' like this children are often at risk. If the situation is bad enough, many...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Welfare Reform.

Currently to get SNAP benefits (commonly referred to as food stamps), a person must be interviewed in person to assess their needs, unless it is determined that this would cause undue hardship to the applicant; however, that might change. Most states have applied for and received waivers that do away with the hardship requirement. This means that, in most states, SNAP...[ read more ]

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I'm sure you saw it. You couldn't have missed it. Gwyneth Paltrow's tweet about food stamps, and how difficult it is to live on them, whipped up an online frenzy: This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij — Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015...[ read more ]