For Sale to Humanity: Thousands of Foster Children
For Sale to Humanity: 30,000 Foster Children.
We have written several times during the past year about the moral and ethical violations which we believe occur by executives and administrators of many of the Foster Agencies littering the landscape of Los Angeles, like so many angels that hide behind pretenses of nobility and decency.
We can write one thousand, several thousand, - heaven knows a book – about the cheap and sordid behaviors that continue in the name of “…saving the children.” However, we know it’s about egotism and enrichment.
The formula as previously stated goes something like this:
We shall reasonably care for the abused and neglected children in our care, and avoid any rule violations in our foster homes. In return we shall be free to run our agencies as we choose, justifying expenditures of taxpayer money without too much scrutiny from either county auditors or politicians who will suffer should the extent of our malfeasance becomes generally known.
After all, no child is being harmed… and the government has tons of money, why shouldn’t I get mine?
It is a special type of arrogance common among many top Foster Agency heads which includes a belief that they are exempt from normal rules and ethics when it comes to the care of abused and neglected children.
So let’s get to the point. It’s public information after all. One only needs look. And remember this below non-profit agency is almost entirely funded through tax dollars. By no means is it a private business. And that is why these documents are so easily and legally available.
The complete 2009 tax return for Futuro Infantil Hispano foster family agency is here.
This small excerpt speaks volumes.
Salaries for non-profits should be perhaps %1.5 of revenue so something is quite out of whack, and not uncommon as future articles will show.
Of special interest are the yearly salaries of Oma Velasco-Rodriguez. In 2009 Oma Velasco-Rodriguez paid herself almost a quarter million dollars plus benefits. ($248,230) And Oliver Castelleno paid himself $169,671.
I use the terms “…paid his and herself" for a reason. Both these individuals were on the Futuro Infantil Hispano Board of Directors that determines their pay and benefits. The rest of the Board is made of other friends and cronies and we truly doubt that the Mrs. Velasco-Rodriguez and Mr. Castelleno recused themselves when the compensation committee met, but such semantics really don’t matter.Continued on the next page