Sometimes cases are handled by private agencies, usually when there is placement of foster children for adoption, it varies from state to state. I don't think that more funding is the answer here for more effective case management. The problem is that DCFS is not run like a business, in some ways, contracting things out is better, because a private agency doesn't have to deal with state employee union issues and rules. Screw up, terminated. State employees can screw up over and over again, and are still protected by the union. DCFS is very interesting, not unlike the VA, employees who screw up are kept, employees who blow the whistle are isolated and they find a way to terminate them.