We’re glad that these victims are being compensated for their abuse, but money will not make their abuse go away. This settlement will save the victims and their adoptive parents the pain of a trial, but sadly allows officials in Adams County to continue saying they did nothing wrong. In fact, nearly everything they did was wrong.
When evidence came that children were being abused, officials should have immediately stepped in and removed the abusers. When these kids were put up for adoption, the parents should have been made aware of the abuse. These children should have been receiving treatment from day one, not years later.
The county may “stand behind the actions” of their employees, but we do not. We hope that an investigation is conducted into the foster care system in Adams County and that steps are taken to protect kids from future abuse while finding those that are currently being abused.