The federal government gives “bounties to states of up to $8,000 or more per child for every adoption they finalize over a baseline number,” NCCPR reports.

The NCCPR also points out that children often are removed from their families “prematurely or unnecessarily” because federal aid formulas give states “a strong financial incentive” to do so rather than provide services to keep families together.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care in 2006, Wade Horn of the Department of Health and Human Services, reported the foster care system was a giant mess and should just be blown up. He was most critical of the way foster care is funded by the federal government – billions of dollars that go mostly, he says, to keeping kids in foster care. There are no provisions for treatment, prevention, family support, or aging out — just for supporting things as they are. [3]

Kids are a Commodity in the Billion Dollar CPS Business

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