Sexual Abuse in Foster Care
Those without a voice are often the most vulnerable.
Many times, a child is taken from one terrifying home life and sent to live in another nightmarish situation where they fall victim to sexual abuse by their new caretaker. Due to understaffing, low budgets, lack of training, and pure desperation, state workers often cannot provide the level of supervision required by law to keep children safe. In temporary, short-term emergency placements, a child is most vulnerable. State workers- or those with whom the state has contracted to provide services- often do not adequately screen the foster parents or fail to supervise the children once they are placed with the new foster parents. Sexual predators seize upon these circumstances to abuse new victims. Without any family, trusted adults, or advocates to speak for them, children are forced to endure sexual abuse by their foster parents for extended periods of time. For these children, "home" is a place full of abuse, neglect, isolation and loneliness.
When the state or its subcontractors fail to protect the children in their care, or choose to ignore signs that kids are being abused in the foster care system, it may be liable for the resulting sexual abuse. Our attorneys are honored to have been the voice of so many children who were sexually abused in foster care.