Foster Care Abuse
Most children in foster care have already experienced far too much abuse and neglect by the time they are placed into the system. Foster homes should provide a stable and nurturing environment for these troubled children. Unfortunately some foster homes harbor sexual predators and other abusers. To make matters worse, children abused in foster care may be afraid to seek help from anyone, and feel they have no choice but to submit to their abuser. Complaints from abused foster children are too often ignored, or not investigated thoroughly enough, so predators are frequently able to harm multiple children before they are stopped.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, we believe that advocating for society’s most vulnerable is one of our most important missions. We work aggressively on behalf of the survivors of foster care abuse to ensure they receive full and fair compensation for the harm done to them. In our experience, foster care abuse occurs because the agencies responsible for placement fail to properly screen and monitor foster home placements. If you or someone you love was a victim of foster care abuse, you have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the abuser, as well as the agency responsible for placing you in a dangerous environment. By joining with Alonso Krangle, LLP to aggressively pursue your foster care abuse claim, you will not only be helping yourself, you may also prevent your abuser from harming other children in the future.
Foster Care Abuse Lawsuits
About 52,000 U.S. children are placed in foster care each year because of abuse and neglect at home. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that many of these children end up in foster homes where their victimization is only allowed to continue. For example, one study conducted by the New York University School of Social Work determined that over 28 percent of Baltimore children who had been placed in state care had been abused while in the system. In Louisiana, a study conducted in conjunction with a civil suit found that 21 percent of abuse or neglect cases involved foster homes. In Missouri, a 1981 study found that 57 percent of the sample children were placed in foster care settings that put them “at the very least at a high risk of abuse or neglect.”
In most states, the task of placing children in foster care is contracted out to privately-run social service agencies. These agencies have a responsibility to screen prospective foster families to ensure they can provide a safe and nurturing environment for at-risk children. Unfortunately, considering that so many children in foster care are abused, it is clear that many of these agencies are falling short in their duty.
Many of the state child welfare departments responsible for overseeing the foster care system are too understaffed and poorly funded to properly monitor placements, or thoroughly investigate abuse claims when they are made. As a result, a large amount of foster care abuse is concealed, allowing predators to go undiscovered and unpunished.
Just because a child is a ward of the state in foster care doesn’t mean they lack rights. Like any child, foster children have a right to a safe and secure environment. If a claim is made, the criminal justice system should investigate and prosecute foster care abuse, just as it would any other crime against a child. Survivors of foster care abuse also have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the state and any agency that failed to adequately screen and monitor a placement situation where they were harmed. At Alonso Krangel, we know how to handle foster care abuse cases with sensitivity and compassion. Our foster care abuse lawyers will work with you every step of the way to ensure the individuals and agencies that allowed you to be placed in a dangerous situation are held accountable. While compensation from a foster care abuse lawsuit can’t change what happened, it will give you the means to access therapy and other services that will help you recover from the abuse. Our foster care abuse lawyers will do everything they can to ensure you have all of the personal and legal support you need to confront your abusers and their enablers.
Help for Victims of Foster Care Abuse
Alonso Krangle, LLP offers free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to victims of foster care abuse. If you or someone you love were abused in foster care, and you want to discuss your legal rights or just talk with someone about what happened, please contact us today by calling 800-403-6191.