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Do people realize the agencies play a large role when placing foster children in homes?

Posted in Child Care on 14th July 2012

Do people realize the agencies play a large role when placing foster children in homes?
I just did a Google search and there are more that I could count in MY state. Half of what came up was complaints against many of the agencies.

I think how it works, is, the state removes the children, puts them in the “care” of the agency, they pay the agency for the day the child is in care, the child is placed in a home that was screened by the agency.

When the agency places a child, they are required to do certain things, like report back how the child is doing in the home, the criminal status of the household, AND when there is a successful adoptive placement the agency receives a lump sum (the person I talked to said they received about $ 10,000 per placement) for getting a child out of the system.

Some of these set up more profitable group homes with a much larger child to caregiver ratio and where they can demand more money for these kids. In addition to that, some even get children diagnosed with disorders, again raising the amount that can fetch for their care.

Why do people just ignore these things happening?

Best answer(s):

Answer by Looney Tunes
Because nobody gives a shit about “damaged goods.”

…….if they did, things would be different than when I was in foster care…but same stuff, different day.

Answer by sweetjane
It is a growing trend of foster care, for people to use ‘private agencies’ as a go-between. Generally, the AP’s are still not charged, but tax payers are charged and state run foster care funds are charged for the operational costs. Supposedly, these private agencies ‘help’ AP’s with the process and give more individual care to the children and AP’s. Since I have never experienced any problems with the process or individual care through the basic state agency, I can’t comment on how much more ‘wonderful’ private agencies are….but I do know that they are taking money from the state in order to place these children….which seems like a bad thing. Honestly, there are many people who will simply not adopt through foster care. They seem to believe that foster children are deficient in some way…and that a private agency will ‘weed out’ the bad ones. All in all, I simply cannot get behind any org. making money off the sale of children….even if the money they make doesn’t come from the AP’s, but the state. Someone is still paying for it, which means that children who are not accepted into the private agencies will suffer from the lack of funds.

Answer by Gaia Raain II
It’s different in every state. In Oregon, agencies can’t have that much involvement. DHS handles everything. The only thing agencies are allowed to do is paperwork. They process paperwork and submit it to the people who need it. They have no involvement with the kids, whatsoever. All placement (foster, kinship, guardianship, or adopt) goes directly through the DHS caseworker. The agency has no say in this process, nor any involvement. They represent us at committee (again, submitting paperwork).

In some states, PAP’s are actually required to use an agency whether or not they’re adopting through foster care. DHS doesn’t do any of it. (I know Arizona is like that.) This has set up some really creepy situations. For instance, PAP’s in Arizona are frequently harassed, asked for money that wasn’t in the contract, etc., and they can’t say or do anything because if they do, the agency will refuse to work with them, and pass it along to all the OTHER agencies. You’d think this would be a good thing for the kids, but the agencies are trying to make the biggest buck possible. When that’s the ultimate goal, the kids aren’t even in the picture.

At any rate, I really think adoption agencies should get their hands out of the foster care cookie jar. I wish I had known better when we started the process. We should have gone straight to DHS and stuck with them.

Answer by Rita
My state does not give out finders fees to agencies when a child is placed for adoption…..bu!!sh!t.

If this happens it happens in states where foster care is privatized and contracted. Not all states do that.

Answer by Nurse Autumn Intactivist NFP
Lara- I fucking HATE Ohio, and the fact that it is 1 degree right now isn’t helping. lol. But seriously, no I was not aware of that, But it really doesn’t surprise me, Ohio SS really sucks. You should’ve seen the way they treated me at WIC…


Answer by opedial
Because the capitalist society outsources everything, including children.

I could not imagine dealing with a privatized foster care system. Ick.

Answer by BOTZ
In my state there is EXACTLY one agency that deals with the state social services system (DHS/DCFS) in foster care. Additionally, they ONLY become involved in foster-to-adopt situations — or those that will very likely become foster-to-adopt.

The state’s own department handles all foster placements that have reunification as the current, primary goal.

Yes, the ‘bonus’ that is paid for ‘clearing the books’ is utterly revolting (even in its intention, let alone its use) and the over-prescription and overuse of medications in children is astounding and unconscionable.

When problems exist that are slow and difficult to solve, and rife with politics and money, humans get uncomfortable with the level of commitment required of them to SEE that change happens. That discomfort turns people away. Not okay…just true.

Professional Baby Sitting Agencies – Try Now For Free!

Posted in Babysitting on 26th April 2011

Professional Baby Sitting Agencies – Try Now For Free!

On the condition that you want to find professional baby sitting agencies by using the web platform, you should first learn a few things that will allow you to use the babysitter finding process to its best advantage to meet a reliable and trustworthy caregiver to tend to your children. Employing the services of a web-based organization for searching for and finding quality babysitters can be in many instances a fast and cost effective solution. Whether you want to find an adult person or prefer a younger one, professional sitter locating organizations on the web will be able to help you locate the right childcare provider for your family.

First off, you don’t have to worry about the process – in spite of the fact that the successful search for a baby sitter isn’t a task that can be completed with a simple mouse click, baby sitter locator services can help and guide you during the entire process, from the initial search, to the background check, to the offer of employment. A first-rate babysitter site is a place where families and the best sitters come together in order to establish a suitable relationship between parents and caregiver.

If your plan is to be able to find professional baby sitting agencies then the first step is to find a reliable babysitter referral agency which fits the criteria described here – it’s a company with a good reputation and was featured in popular television programs, you can read sincere and positive feedback from families who are completely satisfied with the services they offer, their website is pleasing and very simple to use, and it contains a useful online resource area which provides suggestions for many of the steps along the way, such as the baby sitter interview process, the babysitter salary, and the sitter background search.

Furthermore, before registering with a baby sitter finder service, it should be established that you will be able to perform a search at no charge so you can evaluate the records of all the caregivers listed with the organization. It’s easy to get the information you’re looking for – you just need to enter the zip or postal code for your area and choose some attributes you’d like to find in your ideal sitter and the babysitter locator application will, in just a few seconds, display a variety of possible sitters who might be just right and who reside 100 miles or less away from where you’re located.

Before the time comes to sign up with the babysitter placer service of your choice to hire professional baby sitting agencies you should make sure you’re clear on a few more things – how to pay, whether their service is guaranteed, and whether there’s an easy method of getting in contact with customer support when needed. If you have a pressing need for an independent child care provider near you immediately, seize the opportunity to find the best one for your family in just a few

Babysitting Agencies – How Do You Choose the Right Agency to Hire Reliable Nannies From?

Posted in Babysitting on 14th April 2011

Babysitting Agencies – How Do You Choose the Right Agency to Hire Reliable Nannies From?

It is a known fact that babysitting agencies have helped so many parents in their search for the right babysitter for their kids. If it’s your first time to seek the assistance of an online nanny agency though, it’s easy to become lost or overwhelmed by the number of online babysitter agencies. How do you choose the right babysitting agency?

Here are a few points to consider:

1. The Number of Years in Business – Although there are new agencies that offer good service, it’s also good to consider the number of years the agency has been in business. If an agency has been around for a long time, it means they have survived, amidst competition, because of the quality of their service. The longer the number of years in business can also mean more knowledge on the babysitting needs of homes. These agencies, more or less, already know what to expect from kids and are therefore able to recommend the right babysitters especially for kids with special needs.

2. The Screening Method – Babysitting agencies must have a method of screening babysitter applicants. Ask about how they screen their applicants and about the credentials they require from their babysitters.

3. Trainings – You may also want to choose an agency that gives special babysitting training to their babysitters. Of course, you would want to hire babysitters who know how to handle emergency situations at home while you are gone.

4. The Cost or Babysitting Fee – Don’t forget to ask about the total cost for their services. Keep in mind that some agencies have list of fees that does not necessarily include other possible costs. Ask for the complete breakdown and the total cost including sitter replacement fees.

Trying to decide between two babysitting agencies may take time. When it comes to choosing the right agency and the right sitter to leave your home and your kids with, nothing should be spared, though.