End For-Profit Foster Care Today

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We, the undersigned, hereby petition our federal, state and local governments to stop the placement of foster children for commercial profit. With 430,000 children in foster care, and twenty-eight states allowing for-profit contracting of foster care services, many children live under for-profit foster care without a lobby. They cannot march, don’t vote, and have no money. Once our government removes them from their families, they are our legal and moral responsibility. The record clearly shows frequent systemic abuses by the for-profit foster care industry. Children deserve to be placed with personal foster parents, through supervised 501(c)(3) or public entities. Foster care should not be run by for-profit companies under dubious contracts with governments that benefit stockholders at the expense of children’s best interests. President Biden has determined that Federal prisons run for profit are unacceptable. Why do 28 states permit profit-making on the heads of innocent children, and why does the Federal taxpayer fund the majority? Please stop it now.