Portman to HHS: Have You Ever Fired a Sponsor for Failing to Care for a Child?

January 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today questioned Administration officials on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) troubling policies that placed children into the hands of a human trafficking ring that eventually enslaved them in Marion, Ohio.

In an exchange with Acting Assistant Secretary of HHS’ Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg and Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Robert Carey, Portman confirmed that despite thousands of sponsors, HHS is not aware of an instance in which HHS fired a sponsor for failing to care for a child. 

PORTMAN:…Let me ask you this question: has HHS ever terminated a sponsorship agreement for failure to properly care for a child and resume custody of that child? Have you ever terminated an agreement?

GREENBERG: Not that I am aware of.

CAREY: Not that I am aware of.

PORTMAN: So out of tens of thousands of kids you have never, including in Marion Ohio when kids were living in a trailer with a bunch of adults, you have never terminated an agreement?

Full exchange can be viewed here

Portman’s report can be viewed here.  A livestream of the hearing is available here.