This study was confirmed by a survey conducted in conjunction with a Baltimore lawsuit. Trudy Festinger, head of the Department of Research at the New York University School of Social Work confirmed the negative trend.
But also in Denmark headlines speak of this risk. Still Denmark continues to place more children in foster care than other Nordic countries like Norway and Sweden.
Some professionals tried to defend the higher level of children in foster care by claiming that the level of supervision of the foster parents and group homes are far better than in any other country in the world. However this has not stopped scandals like the Mern foster care scandal from appearing.
The only solution to keep the children safe is to improve the preventive work in the families. In Denmark where social workers basically built their careers on getting cases where they can help their colleges who supervise placements to foster parents or group homes, shifting focus to preventive work in the families properly will demand a new generation of social workers as the culture inside the department of social services will be subjected to a 100 percent conversion in order to achieve such a new strategy.
Sexual Abuse: An Epidemic in Foster Care Settings? (HG Legal directory, by Orlow, Orlow % Orlow)
A Critical Look At The Foster Care System: How Widespread a Problem? (Lifting the Veil, by Rick Thomas)
Mern Foster Care Scandal (Fornits Wiki Database)
Børn krænker hinanden sexuelt (Nordjyske Tidende, by Kirstine Christensen, article in Danish language)