Researching Reform has written a post about the shoddy practices of the private fostering and adoption agencies and comments include the following:
The national fostering and adoption agency was founded a few years ago by a couple of devoted social workers .The company was sold to a foreign company called graphite last year for a mere £130million; A wonderful profit for all concerned who triumphantly deny that there is anything sordid in making a lot of money out of children in care.
They clearly saw the writing on the wall and cashed in! How many others? Social workers, managers, directors, cafcass officers & Judges and legal personnel who are involved with children’s care, foster or adoption & Court work, ostensibly providing a service but in reality making hand over fist profits! How many of them foster children? Does additional money exchange hands each time there is a placement change? Like a finders fee? How many adopt? Themselves or friends? Do they have to declare an interest? What if it is in the names of their parents, husbands or children?
It makes no difference where in the country they worked and then subsequently set up a business, the point is they would profit because they would know the system!