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Mom Punished for Daughter’s Brain Cancer

Sep 14, 2015

A mother recently won her lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services. She was awarded 2½ years worth of back benefits.

As reported on The Daily Beast website (7/21/15), a Michigan law that ends cash assistance when kids miss school led to homelessness for a mother who was caring for her daughter dying of brain cancer.

During a 2½ year battle with brain cancer, the fragile child was enrolled in middle school but could not attend. The child had numerous seizures and strokes after surgery and lost all control over her bowels and bladder. Because the child needed 24 hours a day care, the mother applied for welfare but was denied, due to her dying child not going to school!

This shows what these policies do to people. It’s ridiculous that state officials won’t back down without court intervention.