Sexual abuse stems from dishonesty in adoption process

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:57 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Beverly Hilger of Shelbyville filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County after her adopted daughter was allegedly sexually abused by boys the Hilger family adopted from the state’s foster care program.

The lawsuit alleges in 2004 and 2005 social workers for the Cabinet of Health and Family Services failed to inform Hilger of the documented history of sex abuse by and of the boys.
 
In a pre-adoption conference Hilger said she asked the social workers about the boys' past and she said they denied any history of abuse.
Hilger’s daughter, 17-year-old Ashley, said the boys abused her from 2005 to 2008.

“During the day they were my brothers and they would shove me and we'd be friends or whatever and then at night that's when most of the abuse happened,” Ashley said.

Beverly Hilger said the social workers, Desiree Rhodes and William Hardin, intentionally and illegally withheld the documentation.
Her attorney William McMurry said it’s a systematic problem in Kentucky.

“They get credit for moving flesh. It's all about the quotas, the numbers. How many permanent placements, how many foster children have you permanently placed in a home this year,” McMurry said.

He also alleges supervisors were aware and condoned the behavior. The lawsuit states, “The federal government offered, and continues to offer, financial incentives to the states.”

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has not commented. Once they are served, the workers and their former supervisor named in the suit have 20 days to respond.

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