Kristopher Sharp, a former foster child, shares with a local news station how prevalent abuse is in foster care. He is on a crusade to end the horrible course. Sharp talks of being repeatedly molested by a caregiver and knowing he wasn’t the only child to receive this treatment.
Although there are systems in place–hotlines for abused children and youth to call when abuse is taking place–most children in foster care don’t even know that help exists.
Part of Sharp’s goal is to bring abuse in foster care into the public’s awareness. “It should be shocking to the public. It should be shocking to lawmakers and it should be shocking to policy makers because we’re removing young people from their homes and we’re saying we can do a better job than your family, and oftentimes that’s not the case,” Sharp says.