Monday, March 27, 2006

Cost of Privatizing Child Protection

"When the Florida Legislature handed off child welfare to community-based groups in 2000 — a move designed to privatize the state system that cares for abused and neglected children — it was expected local nonprofit groups would replace the beleaguered state agency. That hasn't always happened. Instead, for-profit companies that stand to make millions on insider deals are wowing Wall Street with lucrative state contracts and profits.Providence Service Corporation, a publicly traded Arizona company, owns or manages three companies that have garnered more than $120 million in state child welfare contracts in at least 11 of Florida's 22 child welfare districts. One of its partners, Camelot Community Care, a nonprofit child social-service provider in Florida and five other states, has a nearly $100 million contract to provide child welfare in Southwest Florida, taking over responsibility from the Florida Department of Children & Families." By Jeff Cull & Amy Williams, news-press.com Link to Article (last visited 3-26-06 NVS)

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