This transition is even more difficult for children in foster care. Foster children are at a disadvantage from the start – they are more likely to become entangled in the criminal justice system and less likely to graduate from college, for example – and those who age out of the system without being placed in permanent homes are abruptly abandoned with the government acting as parents and then quickly wipes out financial support, depriving foster children of the safety net that so many of their peers increasingly consider necessary. This additional inequality exacerbates the systemic disadvantage foster children are already suffering and increases the risk of poverty, homelessness and incarceration.
States and municipalities can counter this crisis by providing young people with regular scholarships as they transition from the child welfare system to living as independent adults. Direct cash payments are instant and flexible. Recipients can apply payments to their most pressing needs, and the grants are and should not be encumbered by restrictions such as unemployment. A steady income pays for basic needs like education, food, rent, or health care, depending on the person’s circumstances at the moment. For young people who suddenly no longer have a meaningful support system, this type of initiative can be a lifeline that benefits both the recipients and their communities. […]
The federal government has increasingly recognized the moral need to support foster children into adulthood. For example the John H. Chafee Foster Independence Program Provides funds to help from education to emotional support, and authorizes Congress to provide states and tribes up to $ 5,000 per year in education vouchers for teens who may have difficulty transitioning into adulthood. additionally Promote links to success and raise the adoption law provides federal funding for states that extend care up to the age of 21. To date, 28 states and the District of Columbia have taken the option to extend care. In light of the difficulties created by the pandemic, some states have gone further with their own resources Allow the teenagers to remain in care after their 21st birthday during the pandemic. […]
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That day at Daily Kos in 2013– Drug tests for social bills come in three other states:
If you look at the range of drug tests published in state legislatures across the country, one can almost suspect Republicans of having some sort of urine fetish. In addition to any states that are debating or passing bills for which individuals must apply Unemployment insurance benefits pee in cups, aiming for drug test bills Social assistance claimant are introduced in three states. The details would be comedy-ripe if we weren’t talking about a concerted effort by the powerful to stigmatize vulnerable people as drug addicts, as if that were the only reason one person, in an economy where there are more than three, Job seekers might need help for any vacancy:
The Ohio State Senate held a second hearing Thursday night on a proposal to set up pilot drug testing programs in three counties. The proposal would require applicants to submit a drug test if they reveal that they have used illegal substances. The proposal was first presented in the spring, but pressure from opponents caused Governor John Kasich to crush the bill in May.
Virginia Republicans are also reviving a bill that was postponed earlier this year. The 2012 version failed after the state estimated that it would cost $ 1.5 million to implement and save only $ 229,000. The bill sponsor, Delegate Dickie Bell, has not yet unveiled the updated version, but says it has found cheaper options.
These would have to be damn significant changes to the cost structure to remove a nearly $ 1.25 million deficit.