A selection of The Imprint’s most impactful stories from the past year
Across the country, states are experimenting with targeted cash assistance programs designed to provide stability to vulnerable groups. Among the programs we covered in 2023: guaranteed income for youth exiting foster care in California, cash payments for youth in several states who are at risk of becoming homeless, and a plan to provide $500 in monthly income to Black mothers with CPS cases in Washington, D.C.
The body of research to suggest that no-strings financial support helps keep families together grew in 2023. Reporter Michael Fitzgerald talked with researcher Will Schneider about the promise, and potential limits, of cash assistance in preventing child welfare involvement.
Jessica Pac of the University of Wisconsin’s Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and Sophie Collyer of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University joined The Imprint Weekly Podcast to discuss their simulation of what different anti-poverty measures would do to child protection services activity in America.