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The Poverty Industry

Social security payments, disability benefits, inherited real estate. These are some of the assets that can be seized from foster care children. And instead of paying for their care, these sources of money may be funneled to a state’s general coffers. In his new book, “The Poverty Industry,” University of Baltimore law professor Daniel Hatcher argues that this practice allows states to put fiscal self interest ahead of their duty to serve vulnerable children, children who may be unaware they even qualify for federal benefits. Do states have a legal duty to set this money aside for foster children? How do we ensure money to help those in need actually reaches them? For upcoming author events, click here

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