Social Services Abuse and Negligence

Every child deserves a loving and supportive home. Social services agencies have a duty to make sure all children in their care live in conditions that are safe and supportive of their physical and mental well-being. Failing to conduct proper investigations of a child’s home life has resulted in harmful, and even fatal consequences.

The disturbing headlines about abused or neglected children appear all too frequently: A social service agency fails to remove a child from a home where there is obvious neglect. A small child is injured after being placed in a home with a convicted felon who has a history of domestic violence. A child is sexually molested by a teenager living in a foster home. A parent or guardian is prosecuted because he left an infant alone to die in a hot car.

Social Services Negligence and Abuse can include:

  • The agency not completing background checks
  • The agency negligently placing children in unsuitable homes
  • The agency not monitoring foster care placements
  • The agency not investigating or acting on reports of child abuse or neglect
  • Physical Abuse
    • Striking, kicking, or shaking a child
    • Burning or scalding a child
    • Throwing objects at a child
    • Holding a child underwater
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse
    • Constant criticism of a child
    • Belittling a child
    • Making threats of punishment or physical harm
    • Withholding love, support, or guidance
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Sexual intercourse
    • Fondling
    • Indecent exposure in front of a child
    • Forcing a child to undress
    • Showing a child pornography
    • Talking about sex with a child

Facts about Social Services Negligence

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We Care About Foster Care There are over 423,000 children and youth in foster care. A new child is placed into care every 2 minutes. More than 117,000 children and youth are waiting to be adopted.

Our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of neglect and abuse get justice. Our legal team will conduct an investigation into what happened, reviewing every piece of evidence. We will seek copies of agency records to find out what information they knew and what information they shared. Did the agency follow all federal and state laws? Were they aware of any potential issues and if so, what did they do about them?

We will not rest until we find the answers to these questions. Our past work on behalf of victims of social services neglect has directly resulted in changes to state laws. While we are based in Chicago, IL, we also take cases across the nation. Visit our results and verdicts page to learn more.

If you or a loved one have been victims of (or have questions about) foster care negligence, contact a Chicago foster care negligence lawyer today at 312-857-7285 to set up a free case consultation to discuss your legal options.


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