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Tuesday Night time Owls: The case for offering assured revenue to foster children ageing out of the system

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That transition is much more tough for kids in foster care. Foster kids face drawback from the beginning—they’re extra doubtless, for instance, to change into entangled within the felony authorized system, and fewer prone to graduate from faculty—and people who age out of the system with out placement right into a everlasting dwelling are abruptly deserted, left to fend for themselves between the ages of 18 or 21. The federal government capabilities as their father or mother, after which swiftly extinguishes monetary help, depriving foster children of the protection web that so a lot of their friends more and more discover essential. This added disparity compounds the systemic drawback that foster children already endure, and places them at heightened danger for poverty, homelessness, and incarceration.

States and localities can deal with this disaster by offering a daily stipend to younger individuals as they transition from baby welfare programs to life as impartial adults. Direct money funds are rapid and versatile. Recipients can apply funds to their most urgent wants, and the stipends usually are not, nor needs to be, encumbered by restrictions like unemployment. An everyday revenue pays for primary wants like training, groceries, lease, or healthcare, relying on the particular person’s circumstances in the mean time. For younger individuals who abruptly discover themselves and not using a significant help system, the sort of initiative could be a lifeline, with advantages for each the recipients and their communities. […]

The federal authorities has more and more acknowledged the ethical crucial of supporting foster care kids into maturity. As an illustration, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program supplies funds to assist with every part from training to emotional help, and it authorizes Congress to supply states and tribes with coaching vouchers of as much as $5,000 per yr for youth prone to expertise problem as they transition to maturity. As well as, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act supplies federal funding to states that reach foster care as much as age 21. Thus far, 28 states and the District of Columbia have taken up the choice to increase care. In gentle of pandemic-created hardships, some states have gone additional, utilizing their very own funds to allow youth to remain in care past their 21st birthday during the pandemic.  […]

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On this date at Each day Kos in 2013—Drug assessments for welfare payments come to a few extra states:

Wanting on the vary of drug testing-for-benefits payments being pushed in state legislatures throughout the nation, you virtually must suspect Republicans of some sort of urine fetish. Along with all of the states which can be debating or have handed payments requiring individuals making use of for unemployment insurance benefits to pee in cups, drug-testing payments geared toward welfare applicants are being launched in three states. The specifics can be ripe for comedy if we weren’t speaking a couple of concerted effort by the highly effective to stigmatize weak individuals as drug addicts, as if that is the one motive an individual would possibly want assist in an economic system through which there are nonetheless greater than three job-seekers for each job opening:

The Ohio State Senate held a second listening to Thursday evening on a proposal to ascertain pilot drug-testing packages in three counties. Underneath the proposal, candidates can be required to submit a drug take a look at in the event that they disclose that they’ve used unlawful substances. The proposal was first launched within the spring, however stress from opponents led Gov. John Kasich to squash the invoice in Could.

Virginia Republicans are additionally reviving a invoice that was shelved earlier this yr. The 2012 model failed after the state estimated it could price $1.5 million to implement whereas solely saving $229,000. The invoice’s sponsor, Delegate Dickie Bell, has not launched the up to date model but, however says he’s discovered more economical choices.

These must be some fairly rattling important adjustments to the price construction to erase a virtually $1.25 million deficit.