Foster care abuse cases have been making headlines lately—a headline you never want to read. The sad reality of this specific type of abuse is that the children placed in foster homes have already dealt with much more than a child should ever experience; in many cases, this includes some level of abuse as well. And the impact that this abuse can have on these children as they become adults is terrible.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that around 80% of US inmates were involved in the child welfare system at one point or another. Additional staggering data points around foster children and adult drug and violence issues point to one conclusion: something needs to be fixed. Stopping abuse before it starts is the most obvious answer. Ensuring that any known abuse is properly handed from all aspects is a close second.
With over 400,000 kids in the foster care system in the United States, many agencies are simply too overwhelmed to make the necessary checks on all foster care children at a given time. Compounding the issue, many kids in the system are too afraid to report any type of abuse. If you or your child has been a victim of foster care abuse, get in touch with the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz today to put a stop to the abuse and let a financial recovery help expedite your emotional and physical recovery.
Some common signs of foster care abuse include everything from the obvious physical signs to less obvious social signs (i.e. withdrawn behavior, acting out, etc). If you notice something off, it is probably because something is off. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:
- Sexual Abuse: behaviors that are unusual, excessive, aggressive or explicit
- Physical Abuse: If not visible look for extreme shyness to touch and clothing designed to hide
Getting the child out of the abusive situation and any necessary help should always be your first action. Getting in touch with the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz should always be your second. There are many legal options in place to not only protect a foster child from further abuse, punish the abuser but to also financially compensate the child (and family) for the abuse he or she has had to endure.