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Lawyers For Children Abused While In The Custody Of Foster Care In Illinois

A child may be placed in foster care because their home is no longer safe, their parents or guardians are no longer able to provide proper care, or the child no longer has a parent or guardian to care for them. The primary goal of foster care is to return the child to its home– if possible.

Noble intent to provide care to troubled children

Foster homes are intended to be a safe but temporary home for the child, with the long-term goal of finding a permanent family and home for the child. Although foster care is supposed to provide a safe and supportive environment for children, sometimes the foster home becomes a source of extreme neglect or abuse. Abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.

A broken foster care system?

The explanations why abusive conditions exist in the foster care system vary greatly. However, long-term studies repeatedly demonstrate that the primary reasons for poor care include:

  • Poor screening of foster care families
  • Inadequate monitoring of children placed in a foster care environment
  • Moving children too frequently from one family to another
  • Overwhelmed foster care systems

The responsibility to safeguard children placed in homes

In situations where the system fails to implement the necessary safeguards to place children in a safe foster care environment or where the foster care agency fails to take notice of abusive situation, the child may bring a cause of action against the negligent agency for the abusive conduct. Because children do not have the capacity to bring a lawsuit on their own behalf, the involvement of a guardian may be necessary.

Foster Care Lawsuits

In circumstances where the a placement agency had actual or constructive notice of a dangerous situation– yet failed to act– and the individual was repeatedly harmed, a legal claim may be pursued against the agency responsible for overseeing the situation.  Because much of the actual harm done to the individual is psychological in nature, it is important for the case to be presented by attorneys who are experienced conveying the significance of these life changing circumstances to a jury who may be hearing about an incident that took place years prior.

A legal team for children that the system ignored

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are proud to fight for the rights of abused children and remain committed to seeking justice for those who have been abused due to the incompetence of a foster care agency.  Using proven litigation techniques, our team has successfully demonstrated the neglect on the part of agencies who were intended to be looking after children placed in the homes of temporary or long-term foster families and has recovered significant damages for our clients.

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