Pros And Cons Of Privatizing The Foster Care System

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Garrett Therolf said “Children in foster homes overseen by private agencies are one-third more likely to be physically, mentally, or sexually abused than children in homes overseen by the state” (qtd. in White). The debate on whether or not to privatize the foster care system is ongoing and is an excellent source for debate. While privatizing the foster care system does seem to have its advantages, such as the convenience, they are heavily outweighed by the many negative aspects of a privatized system. Privatizing the foster care system is an overall negative idea due to the fact that it turns desperate children into business pawns putting them at higher risk for many kinds of abuse. Privatization increases abuse and neglect among helpless…show more content…
These reasons add up to support why to avoid privatization and why the foster care system should remain on a government operated basis.
To begin, the largest and most easily found argument made in support of privatizing the Foster Care System is that of convenience. Factors supporting this privatization include: private agencies providing prompter responses, faster completion of home studies leading to faster placement of children into homes, and private agencies typically work with children classified as easier to place (“Differences Public Private”). While these points sound like valid reasons to support privatization, in reality they provide more support against it. Private agencies may provide prompter return of calls to clients, which is mainly due to the smaller outreach of these agencies compared to state agencies. The smaller outreach of these private
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The foster system intends to place children in homes where they will remain until they can find permanent residence with an adoptive family. Sadly, this is often not the case with children placed privatized homes and they end up bouncing from home to home until they eventually age out of the system forced to enter into adulthood with no permanent family ties. Over the past decade the number of teenagers aging out of the system without a permanent family has risen from 19,000 to 23,000 per year. These teenages enter into the world without emotional, relational, or financial support and therefore possess a greater risk of poverty as well as low academic achievement. This causes many of these teenagers to rely on government benefits during their adult lives which places a heavier burden on taxpayers. The National Council for Adoption reported that the 29,000 teenagers that aged out of the system in 2007 will cost over one billion dollars per year in public assistance and support. These teenagers who age out are also found to be at greater risk of concerning behaviors, such as: creating disciplinary problems in school, dropping out of school, becoming unemployed and homeless, becoming teenage parents, abusing alcohol and drugs, and committing crimes. The privatized system does not have the best interest of the children in mind and
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