Four siblings who were abused over the course of several years while in foster care were awarded $6.2 million dollars in their personal injury lawsuit against the state of Washington. The four children were physically abused by their foster mother, and all but the youngest sibling were sexually abused by their foster mother’s son.
When one of the siblings, aged seven at the time, ran away to a supermarket in order to avoid a beating, the children were sent to another foster home. Unfortunately, the siblings were then physically abused in their subsequent foster home until they were later removed from foster care by relatives.
Although the children were supposed to be visited by case workers every 30 days, the children were not visited for the first 18 months of foster care. It then took another year of sporadic visits for the children to be assigned to a steady case worker.
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