Lawmakers reject state bailout for child welfare agencies facing abuse lawsuits

Roughly 800 lawsuits have been filed against local child welfare agencies in New York since passage of the state’s 2019 Child Victims Act lifted statutes of limitation for survivors to file legal claims against alleged perpetrators. 

Joelle Casteix, a survivor of child sexual abuse and Chair of Zero Abuse Project’s Board of Directors, praised those brave enough to file suit. “The more we empower survivors, the more we normalize the discussion of abuse, and the more we empower kids to speak out while the abuse is going on, so we can put predators behind bars,” she said.