A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.
Only four years later, it seems we are ignoring some of the important lessons we learned from the Vermont Child Poverty Council’s work. Perhaps most troubling is that we have forgotten that stigma hurts.
For the last 18 years, I raised my children for under $23,000 a year. I’ve shuttled between many different social services, including Reach Up, to sustain my family. I’ve worked up to three jobs at once, yet still continued to live in poverty.
According to a “misery index,” computed each year by the advocacy group, Legal Momentum, Vermont does a better job than most states at drawing on federal welfare dollars to support poor families. Advocates are pointing to the strong score as another argument for keeping the Reach Up program intact. States receive a fixed grant from […]
Next Thursday faith and community leaders will evoke Vermont’s moral obligation to fulfill the human rights of all, not leave the most vulnerable families behind. At least a hundred people are expected to participate in the two-part action that will unite faith, community, and diverse organizations in opposition to the proposed Reach Up and EITC budget cuts and call for a People’s Budget.