Sexual Abuse of State Wards, Youth in Adoptive or Guardian Homes, & Youth in Residential Placement: Reported July 2013 to October 2016. Summary Report of Investigation [Nebraska].
Rogers, Julie L.
Office of Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: October 2017
This report summarizes findings from an investigation into the sexual abuse of State wards, youth in adoptive or guardian homes, and youth in residential placements in Nebraska from July 2013 through October 2016. It reports that between 2013 and 2016, there were 1,284 substantiated victims of child sexual abuse in Nebraska and that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) identified 50 child victims of sexual abuse, 27 of whom were sexually abused while in the State of Nebraska’s care and 23 youth who were former State wards who were sexually abused while in the care of the adoptive or guardian homes in which the State had placed them. Information is provided on each of the 50 children and the sexual abuse they endured. Systemic issues that were found are identified and discussed, and recommendations are made. Issues addressed include: attitudes towards sexual abuse of youth in State care, reporting and screening of child sexual abuse allegations, investigations of child sexual abuse, workforce ability to prevent and respond to sexual abuse, child sexual abuse in foster, adoptive, and guardian homes, and child sexual abuse in residential facilities. Of the 18 recommendations made, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has accepted 11. The response of DHHS to each recommendation and action item are included in the report. 32 references.
child abuse; sexual abuse; foster children; institutional abuse and neglect; residential care institutions; incidence; group homes; authority figures as child abusers; guardianship; adopted children; Nebraska