As They Say; You Can’t Always Describe What is Obscene, but You Know it When You See It.
Take a look at this image. It is page 7 from the 2009 tax returns from a modest sized foster agency called Futuro Infantil Hispano located in West Covina California. You will notice the salary of one person earning as much or more than the head of the entire Child Protective System. The salary of another, apparently goes to a man who is mostly retired but still earns close to $200,000 per year. Monies meant for the care of abused and neglected children. It is wrong, it is unethical, and it continues. What else will we allow if we let this continue year after year?
The entire 2009 tax return can be seen here: We will post some of the more egregious examples from various agencies in the coming days.
There are several things terribly wrong here:
1. The first is that we cannot find a single person (and believe me we asked) who can say that they saw Oliver Castellanos in either of the two Futuro Infantil Offices for more than a few hours per week during the time outlined by this tax return. Indeed, the employee consensus seems to be that he has been semi-retired for the past several years. I guess Mr. Castellanos works a lot from home to earn close to 2 hundred grand when everything is added up. ($200,000)
2. Total salaries based on revenue for a non-profit should not be more than about 1. 5%. However, this is close to what Oma Velasco-Rodriguez earns individually, or something close to a quarter million dollars (plus considerable benefits) is almost 5%! Are we missing something here? Remember this is all about the care and treatment of abused and neglected children. At this agency, we have well over a half million dollars per year for just 3 individuals. And other years are pretty much the same thing which add up fast.
3. An agency the size of Futuro Infantil should have about $20,000 to $30,000 of mileage expenses based on average travel of Foster Care Social Workers to and from foster homes. Therefore I am very curious what the estimated $109,000 for travel expenses is all about. A good agency will further have one or at most 2 company cars (usually vans) to assist with various transportation needs. However, this is a one time expense and still raises troubling questions since travel expenses year to year seem fairly consistent and frankly, out of whack.
4. Here is a link for an agency called Serenity, which we believe is being administered properly and takes to heart the best interests of the children. It is an interesting study in contrast with tax return of Futuro Infantil Hispano, and although Serenity represents revenues of only about a third of Futuro, they boast a salary structure for top administrators, as well as for overall expenses, which is appropriately well in line with non-profit norms and best practices. And it is important to note that just because Serenity has about one-third the revenue of Futuro Infantil, that doesn’t mean that salaries at Futuro should be triple those you see here. And basically, they are.
This is the link: Oh, and should you be inclined, which agency would you donate too?
5: Salaries at Foster Family Agencies are determined by board members. At least two of the above individuals at Futuro Infantil Hispano sit on the very board which determines their annual pay. Cronies and Employees together, as members of the Board setting salaries, setting policy, getting wealthy.
All at the expense of Abused and Neglected Children. Does anybody really care?