Witness statement of Mrs EJ for the Foster Care public hearing
Mrs EJ was taken into State care in 1990s and will give evidence of her experience in a foster home she used to call the ‘House of Horrors’. Her foster caregivers were held in high regard in the community, but behind closed doors Mrs EJ was sexually abused by her foster father and his son. Mrs EJ was exploited as a free laborer on the family farm and suffered both physical and emotional abuse. Mrs EJ will share her attempts as a child to alert social workers and police to her abuse, highlighting a lack of advocacy and support for children and their voices in the care system.