No Child Left Behind in Foster Care
By Brian Meehan, Simon Hakim, Erwin A. Blackstone
This article appeared in the Winter 2021/22 issue of The Independent Review.
As children within the foster care system age, they suffer greater emotional, educational, and criminal justice problems than adopteesand they become less likely to be adopted. By auctioning the right to adopt childrenoverseen by government agencies that assess and approve individual adoptionsrevenues from the most desired adoptees could help subsidize the adoption of hard-to-place children and leave fewer children behind in foster care.
Simon Hakim is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at Temple University.
Erwin A. Blackstone is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at Temple University.