What are my legal options if my child was injured while in foster care?

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There are a number of reasons children may end up with foster care. The foster care system is designed to provide safe, temporary housing for children who can no longer remain in their homes. If possible, the goal of foster care is to return the child to his or her home. In most cases, foster homes are safe environments which are run by dedicated parents who are carefully overseen by the foster agency.

However, in some cases the foster home may be a source of abuse and neglect. That abuse can come in a variety of forms, including sexual, physical, or emotional. The foster families may not have been carefully screened. The children may not have been properly monitored once they were placed in the foster care system. In many cases, the foster care system is understaffed or the employees are poorly trained or not properly educated.

Foster agencies have a duty to protect the children that are under their care. Sadly, one study found that over a quarter of all children placed in state care had been abused while they were in the system. If a child is harmed while in the foster care system, a legal claim can be pursued against the agency involved. A legal guardian must be involved since children cannot bring a lawsuit on their own behalf.

If you believe that a child has been injured by abuse while living in a foster home, it’s critical that you speak with an attorney. If you are in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more about our firm. 

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