If it isn’t obvious, this is speculation and I’m not planning on starting a company to try to do this!
I know that under the laws of the US and other countries, a corporation is a legal person who can own property, sue, be sued, be charged with and convicted of criminal offenses, but, to my knowledge, cannot vote, run for or hold public office (imagine the following sign on the road: Wecome to Redmond, Washington, Mayor Microsoft, Inc. welcomes you), or do other things that require “citizenship”.
Are there any jurisdictions (anywhere in the world) that permit a corporation to be a foster parent, have custody of a child, or adopt a child? I’m not terribly interested in speculation - does anyone know of any statutes or case law that covers this? I recall reading about one case (possibly the UK or another commonwealth realm) that stated a corporation couldn’t have legal custody over a child, but I don’t have the citation in front of me). I also seem to recall a science fiction story that invoved a corporation holding legal office and providing a Dickensian child welfare program based around dehumanization and menial labor exploitation in its jurisdiction that the heroine eventually escaped.
Speculating about this, I could see this as a potentially powerful but double-edged tool for children’s welfare - corporations with deep pockets could earn some extra money from foster care fees normally paid to foster parents and improve their public image, but it could easily turn into a nightmare where you find hundreds of children forced to do menial labor at corporate orphanage programs where the corporation’s rationale is that since parents are entitled to give minor children chores around the home and are not required to pay minimum wage, then the kids that the corporation sponsors can be forced to flip burgers, assemble furniture, or work a cash register for no pay or for a trivial “allowance”.