Making Contact

Making Contact – May 6, 2005

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Children Denied: Family Cap and Foster Care
Mothers on welfare in 24 states don’t receive increased benefits if they have additional children. Lawmakers said they wanted to hold down birthrates, but women on welfare say the rule’s intent is deeply misguided, and the results are harmful to women and children. On this special Welfare Radio Collaborative edition of Making Contact, we’ll explore the "family-cap" and its effect on women’s lives, as well as the studies that call it into question. We’ll also look at foster care, and how families on welfare are more at risk for losing their children.

A free listener resource packet is available by emailing National Radio Project at makingcontact@radioproject.org or by calling us (toll-free) at 800-529-5736.

Featuring the voices of several mothers on welfare and:

Toby Eastman former Child Protective Services worker and now with Homeless Children’s Network; Diana Romero, Columbia University Department of Population and Family Health; Kim Alverenga, Women of Color Resource Center; National Center for Human Rights Education; Loretta Ross, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

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