Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.

Foster Care Sexual Abuse Attorney

Foster Home Abuse Lawyers in Florida

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) website state that there are more than 8,000 Foster Care Abusechildren (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

To get help or report abuse, call Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE.

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.


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