Lancaster County Pays $400,000 to Minor Sexually Assaulted While in Its Care. Did the County Ignore the Signs?

Carter Walker, Lancaster Online •

Christina Sorenson, a Soros Fellow with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, has been studying instances of institutionalized child abuse in an effort to come up with policies to help mitigate it.

Sorenson has not studied the Stevenson case, but said unfortunately instances like this are not unusual.

“This is not a one-off,” she said.

Part of what she thinks contributes to the issue is a lack of a uniform system across agencies for how reports of abuse from juveniles should be handled. Facilities are required to have a grievance process when they feel their rights are violated, but each facility creates its own policy.

About the Expert

Christina Kaye Sorenson, Esq., joined Juvenile Law Center as the organization's sixteenth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law. She is currently a Soros Justice Fellow. 

Sorenson graduated from the University of Richmond Law School in 2015. While in Law School she advocated on behalf of youth through her work with advocacy organizations and legal clinics, including the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office as a 2014 University of Michigan Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow. Upon graduation, Sorenson was awarded the Orell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence by the Children’s Law

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