Private Foster Care System, Intended to Save Children, Endangers Some

December 18, 2013 | by Garrett Therolf | Los Angeles Times

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This Los Angeles Times article looks at California’s privatized foster care system. While California hoped that a privatized system would provide better care for children and cost less, children found in homes run by private agencies are about a third more likely to be the victims of serious physical, emotional, or sexual abuse than those in state-supervised foster homes. These children also tend to remain in the foster care system longer and move between homes more frequently.

This Los Angeles Times article looks at California’s privatized foster care system. While California hoped that a privatized system would provide better care for children and cost less, children found in homes run by private agencies are about a third more likely to be the victims of serious physical, emotional, or sexual abuse than those in state-supervised foster homes. These children also tend to remain in the foster care system longer and move between homes more frequently. Critics of privatized foster care worry that it often overlooks complaints of child abuse and takes too passive of a role in caring for children.

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