|What you just outline scares the bejeezus outta me. I have family members who were put in residential schools (if you don't know what those are, you should definately google them) and trust me, what you are suggesting is not the answer and would only make things worse. Taking children away from parents is NOT the answer.
I am not talking about your run of the mill poor person, I am talking radical, disgusting, never return lost generations. When I worked for children and youth and would go into north Philadelphia, the best thing that could happen to these kids would they be removed from their parents lack of care. Or do you think living with your crack addicted mother who spends all her time across the street in the crack house, and leaves you and your siblings to fen for yourselves is a good thing? Maybe in the middle of the winter, all gas burners gone, and roached as big as mice everywhere? A little job, or a free apartment isn't going to help, and these people get all that is out there, they can't cope, they are mentally ill, alcoholic, drug addicted, whatever. they are a lot more than poor and discriminated against. Plenty of poor and discriminated against do just fine with what they have, and work hard to make a better life for their kids. Others don't give a crap. How about the time I had to go to the hospital to get the newborn crack addicted baby to put in foster care. It was the 25 year old mothers 8th child and her third crack addicted child.
To break this pattern we need radical involvement such as I described above. It would be voluntary, because most of the people I described would welcome the opportunity to not have to be responsible for their kids, they aren't anyway, and then perhaps, they could be convinced to clean themselves up, respond to whatever treatment they need, and maybe become productive members of society, if not at least they are not going to ruin their children too, they will have a chance.
If I were Oprah, I would start a program like this. If I won the lottery, but of course I would include a no-kill cat rescue on the premises as well. The children could learn love from caring for the cats.