A child is abused by a parent or relative (a high percentage of whom were likely abused as children).
Foster care agencies struggle to find placement for these children in an already overcrowded system.
Siblings are separated, deepening the trauma. Extended family members and foster parents are not trained in trauma care and don’t have the resources for support.
The child’s trauma manifests in various ways and there may be multiple foster home placements.
And the cycle repeats…
This child then spends a lifetime as an adult, masking the trauma with substance dependency, expressing it with violent or criminal behavior, or become a parent who repeats the abuse.