Government Fails to Realize Savings Through Foster Care Adoption

A couple entering a private adoption agency is ushered into an inviting reception area, greeted by a friendly receptionist and offered a cup of coffee or soda, then wined and dined during the whole process. A couple investigating foster adoption is passed through security in an inhospitable government building, asked to sign in by a security guard, and eventually signed up to attend an “information session” for prospective parents (which one of the couples we referred likened to the TV series “Scared Straight”). The reason behind this is obvious. The private agency recognizes that the couple represents a possible income of thousands of dollars, while the government agency fails to realize the possible savings of tens of thousands of dollars from moving a child out of foster care.


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