Richmond Hill Councillor runs for-profit company where foster teen was killed while in their care

The president of Expanding Horizons Family Services Inc. at the time of David's death in 2019 was Carmine Perrelli, deputy mayor of Richmond Hill

Here are additional details regarding this tragic story of a Richmond Hill teen, David Roman, who died while in the foster care of Expanding Horizons Family Services Inc..

Foster teen killed in home run by for-profit company owned by Richmond Hill Councillor
David Roman a month before his death on Feb 19, 2019

Expanding Horizons Family Services Inc. has two principals, company president Carmine Perrelli and program manager, Frank Lo Greco.

Expanding Horizons is still operating and applied in 2020 to renew its license for another year, which in the meantime remains in effect until the ministry completes an inspection.

As a private company, Expanding Horizons isn’t required to disclose its revenue. Soon after David's death, the ministry restricted the company to 21 foster care beds. Its per diem payments were in the typical range of $150 to $200 per day, per child, and if those beds were occupied year-round, that could generate annual revenue of between $1,368,750 and $1,825,000.

Perreli, the Lo Grecos and Ford Sept 2019
Ford, Perreli, Frank & Karen Lo Greco Sept 2019

Nick, Evan and David’s parents all say James was a victim, too, because he needed to be placed where treatment was provided. David was killed, they say, because of systemic failure in foster care and grievous conduct by Expanding Horizons.

"They're making money on children," Dvoskina said. "They're taking children in without any consideration if they know how to deal with those children."

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There are more than 60 licensed companies and when they run their operations to capacity, they are eligible to be paid between $125 million and $167 million a year, according to CBC estimates. Private companies are licensed to look after as many as 2,291 foster youth beds in Ontario, the most recently posted government figures show. At least 16 children's aid societies signed contracts with Expanding Horizons and placed children at one of its group or foster homes since the company opened its business nearly a decade earlier.