Personal Injury Lawyers

Serving Chicago Illinois

A Law Firm Dedicated to Helping Victims of Child Abuse

Our adoption abuse and negligence lawyers care about helping victims

There's no excuse for abusing a child. Ever. If an adult physically abuses a child, that adult should be held accountable for his or her actions. Period. This is especially true for adopted children. These children deserve to feel safe and welcome in their new home. That's why it's critical that action is taken immediately to put a stop to adoption abuse and negligence.

We understand the seriousness of adoption abuse at The Deratany Firm. That's because our experienced adoption abuse attorneys have handled many of these complex legal cases. We know the long-term harm abuse can have on children. That's why we're committed to standing up for the rights of abused adopted children.

Abuse can harm children in many different ways. But they're sometimes not the only victims. In some cases, the adoptive parents may be subject to abuse, especially if the child they adopt has a history of violent and abusive behavior.

Types of child abuse

Child abuse can take many different forms. Some of the most common - and most serious - child abuse cases we handle involving adopted children include:

Physical abuse


  • Hitting a child
  • Kicking a child
  • Striking a child
  • Burning a child
  • Scalding a child

Emotional/psychological abuse


  • Yelling constantly at a child
  • Constantly threatening a child with violence
  • Making fun of a child

Sexual abuse


  • Having sex with a child
  • Inappropriately touching a child
  • Undressing in front of a child
  • Forcing a child to undress
  • Showing a child pornography

Adopted children who are abused by the adults who adopt them sometimes grow up to be abusive adults. That's why it's important for someone to step in and break the cycle of abuse and violence. You can be the person who makes a difference. You can be the one who puts a stop to the abuse.

Fighting for the rights of abused adopted children

The attorneys at The Deratany Firm are dedicated to protecting adopted children who are subjected to abuse. Often, this happens because of negligence. Instead of being adopted by supportive, responsible adults, children are adopted by violent, abusive adults.

Often, adoption agencies are to blame. They have a responsibility to make sure they place children with safe, responsible adults. That's why adoption agencies run background checks. That's why they conduct in-home visits. These agencies are supposed to do these things in order to verify that the child is being adopted by supportive parents.

Other times, it's the adults adopting a child who are the victims. When adoption agencies fail to conduct thorough background checks on the children being adopted, these agencies sometimes miss important information. In particular, abused children sometimes abuse the adults who adopt them. This is a clear case of negligence. And the adoption agency should be held responsible for its actions.

If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of adoption negligence related to child abuse, you have rights. Contact The Deratany Firm to learn more about what an adoption abuse attorney can do for you. Call us at 800-529-7285 for a free consultation.