Sherman examines Mississippi's "Faith in Families" program, which transferred some of the responsibilities of taking care of welfare recipients from the government to churches and civic institutions. The resulting investigation showed that only 13 churches in that state are actively involved in the program, which encourages church members to "adopt" poor families and help the find employment and education. But in the churches where this program is functioning, it's working because, supporters say, its participants receive personal, spiritual attention lacking at the local Department of Human Services.
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