When children are taken from their parents and put into foster care, it is expected that the foster parents will give them a safe and healthy home. Yet, sexual abuse in foster care happens. Just this past month, a foster father in Spencer, NC, admitted to sexually abusing two boys who were previously in his care.
This kind of abuse is almost beyond comprehension. That the foster care system can fail to such a degree is a tragedy, especially considering how vulnerable foster children are already:
Youth placed in foster care are often there by no choice of their own. Actions a parent or primary caregiver has committed to land the child in foster care include physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, medical neglect, incarceration, abandonment or truancy.
This, from the Cleveland Daily Banner, is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the kinds of issues that foster children face when they enter the foster system. A report released in 2005 showed that as much as one third of foster children are maltreated in some form while in the system, and that over seven percent are sexually abused. The consequences of such abuse are high, and they compound on previous problems. As a result, the same study showed that over half of foster care children suffer from mental health problems after their experiences in the foster care system. These effects can last for a lifetime.
Sexual abuse in the foster care system is devestating and tragic. If you have suffered at the hands of a foster parent, please contact us and recieve a free consultation.