“The Marshall Project and NPR have found that in at least 36 states and Washington, D.C., state foster care agencies comb through their case files to find kids entitled to these benefits, then apply to Social Security to become each child’s financial representative, a process permitted by federal regulations. Once approved, the agencies take the money, almost always without notifying the children, their loved ones or lawyers.” State Foster Care Agencies Take Millions Of Dollars Owed To Children In Their Care. (Two thoughts: This story is insane. And we need investigative journalists.)