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The Other Side of Welfare: Real Stories from a Single Mother (Capital Currents Book) [Hardcover]

By Pamela Cave (Author)
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In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed its landmark welfare legislation that required "work for benefits" and set limits on how long a recipient could qualify for assistance. Due to expire in Fall 2002, most experts agree that this legislation took thousands off the dole, but sent thousands more into the streets where they could find no help. In this practical and inspiring book, Cave tells her own story of moving through the welfare system as a representative of the average welfare family, headed by a 26-year-old divorced mother. Since Pams husband abandoned her and their five young children, she has been on public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and federal housing assistance. As a welfare mother with no resources, she appeared more than 50 times in court in an effort to secure child support. This is her firsthand account of her struggles to support her family and maneuver through a legal system that is not always accessible to those on welfare. Its positive perspective serves as inspiration for others who feel they have nowhere to turn.

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Studio: Capital Books
Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 6.76" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2002
Publisher   Capital Books
ISBN  1892123843  
ISBN13  9781892123848  

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Poverty > Social Services & Welfare
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Marriage & Family
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships

Reviews - What do customers think about The Other Side of Welfare: Real Stories from a Single Mother (Capital Currents Book)?

Not as good as the original  Mar 7, 2006
It is pretty clear that Ms. Cave holds many of the same views of society as the original "My Struggle". Her views are not as clearly defined as the "My Struggle" author though she appears to respect his pioneering work. She may, as she matures, detemine a final solution to the woes she discusses, but they remain peculairly absent.
Oh, Poor Me!  Jul 27, 2005
I received this book as a "Secret Santa" gift because I had been on welfare. When I read the first chapter, I thought Ms. Cave was being open when she talked about passing the bar on her third and last attempt and when she wrote about her mental (eating) disorder which could disqualify her from ever being a lawyer. As I read on, her "oh, poor me" attitude that permeates the book became tiring. None the less, it is a must read for students of sociology and abanormal psychology.
Absolutely breathtaking!  Dec 7, 2004
Never have I come across such a refreshing look at "the other side of welfare". It's rare that you get to hear a story like Ms. Cave's detailing the pain and relief that welfare brings to many families who are in need. It's not for those "lazy few" who don't want to get a job. Much of the time, welfare is barely enough to cover the basic needs of a family so desperate for help, and honestly, I didn't know that was typically the case until I read this book. Much like Ms. Cave's life prior to her marriage, I have never seen a food stamp and haven't to this day; going on the assumption that most welfare recipients were mothers who kept "popping out" babies and receiving a nice check without having to work. Such is not the case as Ms. Cave so poignantly describes in this heart-wrenching book. Hats off to this powerful woman for telling it like it is.
Wow!  Oct 20, 2004
This is one of those books that reminds you of what strong stuff women are made of. Without a trace of self-pity, Ms. Cave details years of sacrifice, unbelievable odds and sheer determination that took her--as a mother of FIVE--from welfare to practicing attorney. Knowing how quickly poverty beats one down emotionally and physically, it is astounding that Ms. Cave never threw in the towel but persevered with all she had for the sake of her kids.
Instead of railing against the legal injustices that had her scrambling to creatively make a life for her kids with virtually no support from their father, she decided instead to arm herself with the legal education that would open doors for herself as well as those she wanted to help. Pam Cave is an inspiration to moms everywhere.
The Truth Hurts  Sep 10, 2004
Knowing Pam Cave, I say without a doubt, she is the epitomy of honesty and integrety, character and compassion. She is on the other side ultimately defending those the system fails - the children. "Courage" must be one who faced Pam in the courtroom, spending countless dollars fighting the monetary and emotional support his/her children were owed - one who probably spent thousands more than was/is/or will be due those children because self-gratification and pleasure mean more than supporting those children. The true mercenary here is the parent that punishes the child by withholding monetary entitlement - the epitomy of selfishness.

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