One of the most comprehensive surveys of abuse in foster care was conducted in conjunction with a Baltimore lawsuit. Trudy Festinger, head of the Department of Research at the New York University School of Social Work, determined that over 28 per cent of the children in state care had been abused while in the system.
Reviewed cases depicted "a pattern of physical, sexual and emotional abuses" inflicted upon children in the custody of the Baltimore Department.
Cases reviewed as the trial progressed revealed children who had suffered continuous sexual and physical abuse or neglect in foster homes known to be inadequate by the Department.from A Critical Look At The Foster Care System: How Widespread a Problem?
The American Civil Liberties Union's Children's Rights Project similarly estimates that a child in the care of the state is ten times more likely to be abused than one in the care of his parents.
The same goes for the system set up to prevent elder abuse, which was actually set up to give us the impression that elder abuse is being policed, while in fact protecting the abusers and inflicting their own form of abuse on the victims, such as by coordinating "surprise" visits with the abuser to inconvenience and/or embarrass the victim as much as possible. Just when you think they can't sink any lower, they somehow manage.