An abandoned Social Security office in Brooklyn, NY.

An abandoned Social Security office in Brooklyn, NY.

Government aid is designed to supplement the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable. But what happens when funds don’t go where they’re supposed to? Kojo speaks with two local foster children advocates on how state governments and private companies make money off of local safety net systems, and what can be done to further protect children, the disabled, elderly and poor.


  • Daniel Hatcher Author of "The Poverty Industry" and Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore
  • Melissa Rock Child Welfare Policy Director, Advocates For Children And Youth

Correction: Melissa Rock stated that in Maryland, foster kids’ benefits cover the cost of their care. In fact, the cost of foster youth’s placement in the state usually exceeds Social Security benefits.

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