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What To Do With Kids Who Are Wards of the State: Podcast

Naomi Schaefer Riley on religious liberty, foster care, privacy, parenting, and how to help kids who need a home

"You go into family court and it's the same experience as at the DMV, only there are children's lives on the line," says Naomi Schaefer Riley in today's Reason Podcast. Riley is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where she studies the foster system, adoption, and religious liberty. In today's podcast, we talk about parenting, policy, and what happens when the state gets entangled in the business of raising children.

"There's a lot of evidence that pouring money into the system is not improving things" is a line you might hear in many Reason Podcasts, but Riley digs into the complex problem of what to do with kids who don't have parents—or have been taken from their parents—and how to deal with the complications that arise around religious freedom, voluntary association, private charity, drug prohibition, and welfare.

Riley is a former columnist for the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal as well as the author of quite a few books, including an attack on university tenure, an investigation into interfaith marriage, and book about the modern federal government's mistreatment of Native Americans. In "Can Big Data Help Save Abused Kids?," a feature for Reason's February issue, Riley applies the insights of data-driven predictive analysis to the child welfare system.

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  • General_Tso||

    Wood-chippers.

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    Just combine child services with animal control services. Kids would get adopted out in 48 hours or be euthenized.

    Someone get me Sarah McLachlan's phone number. I just solved this issue.

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    Pound-Kiddies are the best kiddies.

  • Kivlor||

    In "Can Big Data Help Save Abused Kids?," a feature for Reason's February issue, Riley applies the insights of data-driven predictive analysis to the child welfare system.

    Which completely ignored the issue of false-positive rates. And a massive influx of false-positives would only worsen the situation.

    As to what should we do with children who are wards of the state, it's going to have to be a multi-faceted answer. Reuniting families that shouldn't have been broken up would be the best start.

  • Jerryskids||

    "There's a lot of evidence that pouring money into the system is not improving things"

    "Fuck you, cut spending" is more succinct but I suppose there are times you want to go with polite over punchy. In either case, that's an appropriate response in any discussion of just about any government program.

  • Duelles||

    Once a program gets even one$ the baseline budgeting process will increase it at the same accelerating rate of our expanding universe.

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    Since the dollar is inflating faster than the speed of buget-balancing, we can expect to soon see the heat-death of the US economy. - CEO (Congressional Entropy Office)

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Hang onto them for a couple months and if you still can't find a good home then euthanize them.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Copper mines!

  • Juice||

    It's always copper mines with you.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Spoiler alert, he destroys the mines and the kids.

  • Mr. Gus||

    Monster! Even Crusty only destroyed the kids. And he only destroyed them emotionally and mentally, too.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    What To Do With Kids Who Are Wards of the State

    Just speaking for myself but I could always use more workers for my top hat and monocle factory.

  • sarcasmic||

    My daughter is living at a residential facility for kids with behavioral issues, and several of the kids there are orphans. Parents are dead or in prison. It's sad to see them raised in a group home with nobody really caring for them. My daughter has all kinds of family support while these kids have nothing. They cling to anyone who shows the slightest bit of interest. I wish I could do something.

  • Paloma||

    Group homes are better than abusive homes. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, the US Senator from Colorado who switched from Democrat to Republican in the 90s, was raised in an orphanage.

    I do think that CPS is too quick to snatch kids from homes that aren't actually abusive.

  • ||

    Stupid Child Labor Laws.

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    The State should sell them to interested parties to offset the costs of harboring them initially.

    Scratch than - I just pictured the "State" being incentivized to steal people's children to pay for their stupid pention schemes.

    Well, I'm right back to private orphanages.

  • SimonP||

    Add work requirements to receive foster care services. Problem should take care of itself.

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