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Posted by & filed under Safe Families.

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 ]

Posted by & filed under Stop Fraud.

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 ]

Posted by & filed under Foster Care Reform.

When you go to Wendy’s,  you probably have little more on your mind than squelching your hunger with a delicious burger and a frosty. It's even highly likely that unless you're a mom taking your kids for a bite you're not even thinking much about children, but Wendy's wants to change that. Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's was adopted...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Maine, Welfare Reform.

According to reports, the results of Maine’s new work requirements for food stamp benefits have paid immediate dividends. These results go a long way to proving that common sense requirements of personal responsibility can reduce dependence on the government. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) tells the AP that the number of people in Maine on the Supplemental...[ read more ]

Posted by & filed under Stop The Scam.

Fraud of state welfare programs including Medicaid and food stamps is far too common, and today we released a report documenting cases of abuse and how state legislators can stop it. Let's take a look at just a few of the many egregious cases where taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in welfare scams. Just last year...[ read more ]