We adopted a cat last year. Someone came round to the house first to see if it was a fit environment/we were fit carers.No, the logical thing to do is not have them. Seems more obvious to me.
But if you want to feed the ones there now, you do it as part of the effort to prevent more being added the continual conveyor belt. To stop those being fed now simply churn out more needing fed later.
And you should need to give evidence of why your child/ren need fed because you have now abrogated your responsibility for doing so. That will then be used at your next renewal so a greater focus is spent on helping you by for example attending courses on personal life management. Fail to attend and the kids may be removed as you are patently incapable of looking after a cat, let alone a child. And we have now clearly identified where your priorities are - and it isn't the kids.
Food is one one of the primary fundamentals in Maslow's hierarchy of need. It is an essential basic for sustaining life itself. If you cannot do it - or by extension your dependants (and the clue is in the word) - then you really are at the lowest possible stage and should NOT have a car, or a phone, or a TV, or a game console, or a season ticket to a football ground (yes, I know, but many still do have them even if they cannot go), or a satellite TV / steaming service subscription, or . . .
You are right - this is so basic it is astonishing that there are people who cannot even manage that. And if you are essentially capable of that, but don't or won't, then why are we validating their assertion that they have this right to it?
They have absolutely enough to meet the lowest of the hierarchy. That they choose not to is not the fault of the State. As we keep saying. So they need to make the sacrifice - and keep making it - until they improve their situation.
Or, as you suggest, they just take the easy route, give up and let the State feed their children but then wail loudly if there are reasonable conditions suggested as a quid-pro-quo.
Cats have more protection than kids.
Someone square that away for me.