Yesterday, the El Paso Times reported the harrowing story of the Huertas, two foster parents recently arrested for sexually abusing children under their care. What’s worse, the story also details the numerous complaints regarding the Huertas’ previous history of sexual abuse, and the inexplicable failure of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ utter failure to stop them.

Once children are placed under the care of a state, county, or private children and youth services agency, that organization has a duty to ensure the children are well-cared for. In the Huertas’ case, it appears the state of Texas utterly failed in this regard. For this failure, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services can, and should, be held accountable.

Cases like the Huertas’ have resulted in significant verdicts and settlements for victims of childhood sexual abuse in foster care. In one high-profile case, for example, a victim was awarded $30 million in a case against the Giarretto Institute, a private foster family agency. The institute had failed to adequately screen the victim’s foster parents, who then sexually abused him. This scenario is unfortunately all to common.

Andreozzi + Foote has successfully represented several victims of sexual abuse in foster homes. Our firm specializes in representing victims of sexual, violent, and financial crimes in civil lawsuits. Our firm is best known for its work on behalf of sexual abuse victims, including representing 11 of Jerry Sandusky’s victims. We are also representing the families of murdered love ones in several cases. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime and are interested in exploring a potential civil lawsuit, please contact me immediately at [email protected].