“Culture Of Incompetence”: For-Profit Foster-Care Giant Is Leaving Illinois – BuzzFeed News

National Mentor Holdings, a giant company in the lucrative but little-known field of privatized foster care, is shutting its foster care operations in Illinois in the wake of a scathing state government investigation that found a “culture of incompetence” at the firm and recommended that the state stop dealing with the company.
Investigators from the inspector general of the Illinois child welfare agency found that Mentor, the subject of a recent BuzzFeed News investigation, put two girls in the troubled home of a foster mother it oversaw even though she had previously committed fraud and had abandoned a 9-year-old special-needs foster son by leaving him at Mentor’s own office “without notice or explanation.” The girls, 11 and 12 years old, “frequently appeared dirty and unkempt,” the report said, and the older one regressed in school


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