Culture Considerations and Government Solutions to Poverty

This panel, a part of CWF’s 2017 Symposium titled “Encountering the Poor: A Feminine Lens on the Problem of Poverty”, featured Leigh Snead, MA, a freelance writer, and Angela Rachidi, PhD, a research fellow in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Snead, in her talk An Exchange of Gifts: The Importance of Foster Care and Adoption in Caring for the Most Vulnerable, described the impact of poverty on mothers and children within the specific context of abortion and the foster care crisis. In Safety-net Solutions to Poverty, Rachidi describes changes in maternal and child poverty over the past 60 years by family structure and work effort, as well as recommendations for reforms to public policy that aim to strengthen the family and increase employment among poor parents.