Target: United States Administration for Children and Families
Demand: Protect children in foster care system by tracking private foster care companies.
After news about a man who abused boys in his care for ten years and a woman who killed her 2-year-old foster daughter (pictured) surfaced, the public began to question the foster care system in America. According to reports, America’s foster care system has been largely outsourced to private companies. This makes it difficult for the government to track the the behavior of those involved with caring for the children, and the level of care that foster children are receiving.
After BuzzFeed News released a story about National Mentor Holdings, which is a large for-profit foster care company for which the molesting foster father worked, the Senate Finance Committee decided to take action. Recently they’ve sent letters to all 50 governors asking for reports on the private foster care companies in their states.
Dear Administration for Children and Families,
News of National Mentor Holdings foster care parents abusing and murdering their foster children is very disturbing. Americans trust in their government to care for the nation’s children who are at the mercy of the foster care system.
We have recently learned that the Senate Finance Committee is launching an investigation, which is good news. We the undersigned urge you to track information about the private foster care system in the United States and stay on top of child welfare. Please ensure that every child is given the care he or she needs and deserves.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Milam County District Attorney