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Foster Care Sexual Abuse Lawyers

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Children placed in foster care have often been exposed to a wide variety of traumatic events prior to placement, including, violent crime, domestic violence, substance abuse, and extreme neglect. Sometimes children are taken into care because of dysfunctional birth parents, and repeated efforts to reunite with families fail.  Although most foster parents are responsible, caring individuals, there are unfortunately rare cases where foster parents neglect, abuse, or exploit children in their homes. Overwhelmed, children being abused in foster care may already be fragile and unable to speak up against their abuse or to a trusted adult. The NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children) states that “some child welfare researchers estimate that as many as 80 percent of children in foster care have experienced sexual abuse of some kind.” If you or your loved one has suffered this kind of abuse, our foster care sexual abuse lawyers may be able to help.

Tragically, we see the headlines way too often, where “the system” fails our children, and a foster parent (or multiple caregivers) is arrested on sexual abuse charges:

In 2010, our foster care sexual abuse lawyers were involved in what is believed to be the largest single-plaintiff foster care abuse verdict in California. In Doe v. Giaretto, we represented a young man who suffered unthinkable abuse at the hands of his foster father.  John Doe, the plaintiff in the case, was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his foster father for several years in the late 1990’s. The plaintiff was only 11 years old when he first came under the care of his foster father in 1995. On behalf of the the plaintiff, Estey Bomberger sued Eastfield Ming Quong, Inc., which was doing business as EMQ Children and Family Services; Daybreak Childcare Network Inc.; Giaretto Institute, a private foster family agency, and the perpetrator. EMQ and Daybreak reached settlements prior to trial. The $30 million verdict handed down by a Santa Clara County, CA jury in August, 2010 (Case No. 106CV070642). Jurors found Giaretto Institute 75% responsible for the injuries the plaintiff suffered, and the perpetrator 25% responsible. Giaretto was liable for $22.5 million.

Legal help is available for victims of sexual abuse in the foster care system. At Estey Bomberger, our foster care sexual abuse attorneys are very familiar with the court system, the laws concerning sex crimes and government filing requirements for civil cases. If you would like more information about your legal rights, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

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