Foster Care Sexual Abuse Attorney
Foster Home Abuse Lawyers in FloridaThe Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
website state that there are more than 8,000
children (newborns, toddlers, teens) in foster care. According to the Child Maltreatment 2010
report by the Children’s Bureau, in Florida there were more than 2,325 reported cases of foster care sexual abuse. Nationwide more than 63,500 cases of sexual abuse were reported.
Foster care is supposed to be a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or relatives cannot take care of them. However, some children in foster care may also suffer abuse at the hands of foster parents or foster family members leaving them with no way to access help or support when they have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused.
Perpetrators of foster care sexual abuse can also include foster care workers, employees of foster care placement agencies, social workers and other individuals and organizations involved in placement of foster children into foster homes.
Foster care agencies have a duty to protect the children that they place in foster care homes. In some instances, agencies do not investigate the foster parents, perform background checks, or monitor the ongoing conditions and well-being of the placed child. By doing so, abusers are enabled to continue abusing the child or future children placed in the home.Preventing Possible Foster Care Sexual Abuse
- Agency should conduct a thorough background check of foster parents and provided necessary training
- Agency should conduct thorough background checks on foster care agency staff and provide adequate and on-going staff training
- Agency staff to provide adequate levels of contact and monitoring of foster parents
- Agency staff to regularly contact and visits children in foster care
- Agency should thoroughly investigate and report any child abuse claims
To get help or report abuse, call Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Were you physical or sexual abuse in a foster home? Do you believe your foster care agency should have known? Contact our foster care sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.