Lawsuit: Foster child was sexually abused in care


SARASOTA, Fla. -- The mother of a former foster child who claims he was sexually abused twice by other children in foster homes is suing the state and others responsible for his care.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Friday that the lawsuit filed this month accused the Department of Children and Families and local care providers of allowing the abuse and failing to get mental health treatment for the then-10-year-old North Port boy until he twice attempted suicide.
The suit describes how the boy was moved to 11 different homes in 18 months. Now 13, he has been reunited with his mother since 2008.
Among the defendants is the Sarasota YMCA, the local contractor for foster care services. Its chief executive declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.