Abuse allegations haunt lucrative group homes
By Lauren Sausser
‘Incredibly powerful’ industry
More than 7,000 group homes and orphanages for children across the country pull in about $8.8 billion a year and employ almost 130,000 people, according to an industry report published last year by IBISWorld, a national research firm.
More than 67 percent of this money comes from government contributions and grants.
In South Carolina, the Department of Social Services spent more than $28 million in the 2014 fiscal year placing almost a quarter of all foster children in more than 90 group homes across the state.
Before Boys Home of the South closed in 2014, the Department of Social Services paid the group home nearly $3 million in five years, but other group homes typically make much more.
The Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood made about $11 million in 2013 from several…
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