Foster Care Abuse
Recent data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System shows us that there are over 400,000 children living in foster care in the United States. When a child enters the foster care system, he or she has already gone through the disruptive experience of being removed from an unsafe environment. The government becomes that child’s parent and is responsible for the child’s health and welfare from this point forward.
The government typically contracts out their responsibilities to child placement companies who work directly with foster parents. These agencies and companies have the incredibly important task of finding each child a suitable home with a family able to care for the child as they live and grow.
But many risks still exists, and this area of litigation supports children who have been victims of unsafe living conditions that result in physical, sexual or emotional abuse. It is the job of these agencies to support the child by properly evaluating the environment in which they place a child. If they do not, a child may experience extreme physical harm, resulting in lifelong injuries, or even death.
Our attorneys have helped many children and their siblings fight for justice through our complex legal system. Many of our attorneys also serve as volunteers with the Support Center for Child Advocates, where they provide legal guidance and pro bono services to foster children. If you know a child who has suffered abuse in the foster care system, call a Kolsby Gordon lawyer today.