Oh good, those are bits of strawberry, not people! Why would i think it was people bits? <shakes fist at Hannibal fandom>
I started writing a post with a hypothetical situation in it, cobbled together from a bunch of very real situations I see now as a welfare caseworker, mixed with elements of things I saw as a foster care caseworker. I couldn’t finish it, because it was too painful.
Instead, I’ll tell you a single, true story that I didn’t witness firsthand. One of my trainers used to be at a private nonprofit agency that helped teen mothers get their GED and find employment. All of these young women were welfare recipients, and attending this program was part of their compliance for receiving cash assistance. One woman in particular was a fantastic student – she had earned her GED, put together a resume, and got to the point where she had an interview scheduled.