CQ Researcher

  • Domestic Poverty: Can stricter work mandates reduce the poverty rate?

    In this full-length report, I explore the reasons why poverty rate in the United States remains stubbornly high, even as the economy recovers from the Great Recession. In addition, a growing number of Americans remain "near-poor," just one job loss or health crisis away from poverty. This report takes a thorough look at the recent political divide over whether to raise the minimum wage and whether to impose stricter work mandates on recipients of food stamps. Some conservatives also want to impose work mandates for Medicaid health care. Two short-feature sidebar stories explore how natural disasters can throw people into poverty and how middle-aged Americans are at increasing risk for poverty through job loss. (January 2019)

  • Foster Care: Can the System Handle the Soaring Demand?

    In this full-length report, I explore how various factors, including the opioid crisis, children fleeing nations in turmoil, and increased public awareness of child abuse, have contributed to a nationwide shortage of foster and adoptive homes, as well as upcoming sweeping changes in child welfare systems. I also report on how the newly enacted Family First Prevention Services Act, passed by Congress in early 2018, changes the nation's focus toward prevention. This report also reports on new medical research that shows how trauma and neglect can create lifelong developmental and emotional changes in children.

    The award-winning CQ Researcher (formerly Congressional Quarterly) was founded by Nelson Poynter. It provides in-depth, professionally fact-checked reports on today's top news topics. Reports include historical background, timely issues and debates, outlook for the future, informational graphics and links to further resources. (July 20, 2018)