South Carolina Laws Hide Child Abuse Inside Group Homes
By Lauren Sausser
An untold number of foster children in South Carolina custody are neglected, drugged, beaten and molested in group homes and institutions where the state warehouses them for millions of dollars a year at taxpayer expense.
What’s more, South Carolina keeps the abuse these children suffer secret by using state laws that shield group homes from almost any scrutiny.
Court records shed light on some of the worst cases, but this state-sanctioned secrecy makes it impossible for the public to weigh the difference between well-run group homes and those that resemble a Dickensian orphanage. Even parents who reluctantly send their children to these facilities for treatment can’t figure out how to keep them safe behind closed doors.
When Jessica Freeman placed her daughter in Springbrook Behavioral Health last year, she…
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