If you placed your child in the care and guidance of a group home and later discovered that they were being mistreated, then you are probably angry and unsure where to turn for help. Child abuse in group homes has been in the news during the past few years. Thankfully, there are many resources and legal options for children who have suffered in this system.
You have questions, and our attorneys have answers. In this article, we have compiled information related to the most pressing questions that our clients often have about child abuse in group homes.
Do I Have A Case?
Most group homes provide excellent care for children, but Maryland law provides a Bill of Rights for Maryland’s Children and Youth in Children’s Residential Facilities. This document outlines what sorts of care a family should expect their child to receive when they are placed under the care and supervision of a Maryland group home.
This Bill of Rights established that all children and youth have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. Among other things, they should receive appropriate adult support and guidance, not be verbally or physically abused, and enjoy regular visits with their families. These guidelines were created to prevent child abuse in group homes.
Every parent knows that these rights are integral to a child’s sense of dignity, independence, and self-respect. If a group home violates these rights in any way, or fails to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child, it has neglected its duties to its residents. When these rights are not met by the group home, the group home may also be in legal violation of the Bill of Rights for Maryland’s Children and Youth.
Do I Need Help?
Anyone who has been involved with the group home or foster care systems knows that Maryland law is full of nuances and complexities. Group home abuse laws in Maryland are complex, and you need an experienced, compassionate attorney who understands the system and knows the law about child abuse in group homes. The Law Firm of Zirkin and Schmerling has helped many child victims and their families get the compensation they deserve from negligent group home operators and supervisors.
If you are aware of a group home that is violating or neglecting the Bill of Rights for Maryland’s Children and Youth, an attorney can inform you of all your rights and help you put together a strong court case. So if you believe that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a group home, you should contact an attorney immediately. Check out our list of group home law resources in Maryland for more valuable partners.
If you feel like you need some legal help, contact our Group Home Law attorney to schedule a free case evaluation today.FREE CASE EVALUATION
How Can I Choose An Attorney?
If you’re facing the difficult reality of child abuse in group homes, you want an attorney by your side who understands your needs and can help you achieve the best outcome for your child. The attorneys at Zirkin and Schmerling Law have extensive knowledge of Maryland group home law and years of experience handling these challenging cases. They have helped families all over Maryland get the justice and compensation they deserve.
Our attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for our clients who have been abused in a group home, and we can put that experience to work for you. We understand that these cases are traumatic for everyone involved and that it is critical to move quickly to protect your loved one. The group home abuse attorneys at Zirkin and Schmerling Law understand that you want to provide the best possible life for your child, and will work tirelessly to obtain a fair judgment or settlement.
The experienced group home abuse attorneys at Zirkin and Schmerling Law will give your case the time, attention, and aggressive representation that it deserves. We have been handling cases of child abuse in group homes for years, and have won many fair settlements and judgements for our clients. Call us at 410-753-4611 to learn more about your options.