Privatization of State Foster Care and Adoption Services: An Idea Whose Time Has Come or a Disaster in the Making?
Scott McCown /(512) 320-0222 x 109
April 3, 2007
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Child Protective Services (CPS) in the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) employs specialists who recruit, train, and monitor foster and adoptive parents and complete adoptions. CPS also contracts with private providers for these services. Some argue that the state should maintain this public-private system. Others argue that the state should use only private providers. This Policy Page explores the pros and cons of each approach.