Jose Osario sits in the living room of a cottage at the Children’s Village campus in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. A new report says similar residential facilities for foster children in Pennsylvania do not face enough oversight following reports of abuse. – SETH WENIG / AP
by An-Li Herring
“Foster children who live in residential facilities in Pennsylvania suffered physical and verbal abuse in hundreds of documented cases between 2010 and 2018, according to a new report. The study found that at some facilities, which include group homes and larger institutions, violations continued to occur even after state inspectors recorded earlier instances of abuse.
“Report co-author Elissa Glucksman Hyne considers the repeated violations “really alarming” because, she said, they show that children in foster care are ‘being maltreated by [facility] staff, and it seems nothing is done about it … It’s just business as usual, and nothing seems to happen.’
“‘No child should ever be removed from their home and then harmed in the places that they are supposed to be placed to be safe.’”