How Does Foster Care Abuse and Negligence Happen?
Our law firm holds negligent agencies responsible when children and families get hurt
A foster care family home is supposed to be a place where children can feel safe, loved and supported. But too often, they are abused or neglected by the people who are charged with taking care of them. The foster care abuse and negligence attorneys at The Deratany Firm have seen it happen many times, and fight for the rights of the people who end up getting hurt as a result.
Agencies chose these families because they were approved to take care of children. But some children end up getting treated horribly in these homes. Extreme neglect. Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Sexual abuse.
How does this happen?
It happens because children are placed where they never should have been. It happens because a government or private agency was negligent and didn't do its job. And when that happens, we hold them responsible.
How are they negligent? When children or families get hurt, it's usually because the foster care agency:
- Didn't complete necessary background checks
- Placed children with people who aren't able to care for them because of physical or financial difficulties
- Don't properly monitor the homes
- Don't investigate reports of suspected child abuse or neglect
- Don't act when there is evidence of abuse or neglect
There are federal and state laws that foster care agencies need to follow before they can place a child with a family. They still have a responsibility for the child's safety and welfare even after placement. But the laws aren't always followed, and the responsibilities are not always met.
State agencies that place children in foster care homes are often understaffed and overwhelmed. They sometimes contract out the work to other agencies. Many of these agencies may be more interested in making a profit than being thorough.
Holding negligent parties accountable
The attorneys at The Deratany Firm have seen many things go wrong with foster care. Children abused and neglected by their foster family. Family members assaulted by a child who had a troubled history they were not told about.
And we've seen that things often go wrong as a result of negligence by a foster care agency. They try to cut corners to save money, or save time, not stopping to think about the possible consequences. And people end up getting hurt as a result.
That's where we come in. We work to hold negligent agencies accountable. Our legal team will investigate the entire process to make sure the agency met their legal obligations. We will examine all documents and talk to witnesses. We make sure that home studies were done for prospective parents, and background checks completed. If there was previous suspected neglect or abuse, we'll look into why nothing was done.
And we help victims recover compensation. You may be able to seek damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more. We always seek maximum compensation for clients, whether it's through negotiated settlements or jury verdicts.