Child Foster Care Abuse and Neglect Cases

Michigan child injury lawyers often represent children that are victims of foster care abuse. Foster care children are usually taken into a loving and nurturing home and the system provides great comfort for the children and their new family. However, in some tragic circumstances, the children are not properly treated and are even abused and neglected.

Children of foster care abuse often suffer serious physical injuries and lasting psychological and emotional injuries. You may be asking yourself how you can help a child who has been left to face the consequences of an inconceivable wrongdoing. You may want to seek justice for the child, and ensure that they receive coverage for their long-term medical and psychological needs, in addition to any compensation for pain and suffering.

According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, during the 2006 fiscal year, CPS specialists conducted 71,784 investigations and found evidence of abuse or neglect in 17,534 cases affecting more than 29,843 children. The most predominant forms of maltreatment are physical neglect and physical abuse. The perpetrator is almost always the parent in the home (78%), the parent out of the home (11%), another relative, sibling or household member. For a parent to use corporal punishment on their child is not a violation of state law. It becomes a matter of abuse if and when an injury occurs.

Michigan's Child Protection Law requires a termination petition to be filed if a parent, legal guardian, or custodian fails to protect from abuse or from someone else who abuses them. Michigan law defines the egregious cases to include the following:

  • Abandonment of a young child.
  • Criminal sexual conduct involving penetration, attempted penetration, or assault with intent to penetrate.
  • Battering, torture, or other severe physical abuse.
  • Loss of impairment of an organ or limb.
  • Life threatening injury.
  • Murder or attempted murder.

Children may need foster care for a temporary or extended period of time. The primary goal during foster care is to reunite the child with his or her parents. The foster family plays an important role in the treatment plan for the child and family. Under the “team” approach, foster parents or relatives, together with the worker, attempt to provide the specific kind of help a child and his family need for reuniting the child with the parents. When the child cannot be reunited with the parents, the children are prepared for permanent placement, with relatives or non-related adoptive families. Under certain circumstances, a foster family may adopt children in their care. When adoption is not possible, the goal is to prepare the youth for independent living. Innocent children injured due to foster care abuse and neglect do have legal rights.

Concerned relatives, social workers, medical providers, teachers, and friends should contact th law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to further investigate and pursue their legal rights. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case.  Call today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan child injury lawyers.

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