Privatization of Child Welfare Services
The privatization of child welfare services is a recently emerging trend, much as it has become in other business and social service sectors. Private agencies are assuming more and more responsibility for what were formally public functions in an effort to provide higher quality services at lower cost and with greater efficiency. How has this new way of administering social services affected families and children? Is privatization of child welfare services a good thing for children or not?
In 2003, Children’s Rights conducted an in-depth study of six privatization initiatives across the country that offers “lessons learned” and provides specific recommendations to assist communities that may be considering a privatization effort.
This study was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.