Privatizing Child Welfare: How It’s Going in South Florida

June 6, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve reported before that the State of Texas seems bent on privatizing all or much of its child welfare services.  If Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in south Florida are any indication, Texas officials might want to think again (Miami New Times, 6/5/19).

The last two contracts let by those counties to a private provider of child welfare services have gone to a non-profit organization called Our Kids.  Things haven’t gone well.  The linked-to article cites the organization’s “record of poor service and rocky relationships with subcontractors, detailed in an examination conducted by DCF in 2017.”  That, combined with the recent suicides of two youths, apparently in Our Kids’ foster care, set officials seeking alternatives.

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