Former foster children sue Santa Rosa children’s home over abuse

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – A group of former foster children alleging abuses at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home dating back to 20 years ago has filed a lawsuit against the facility.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The civil rights suit seeks an end to policies and practices it contends are unconstitutional, as well as punitive and compensatory damages.

The Press Democrat reports that the allegations include children being strip-searched, locked in their rooms and having possessions taken away.

County Counsel Bruce Goldstein has denied the allegations and says similar accusations have been disproved in the past. He says it may be true that children have been injured over the past five years, but it was unlikely due to restraints or attacks.

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