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PCVA Reaches $400K Settlement for Man Abused in Foster Care

Dec 13, 2021 | Firm News

Attorneys Darrell Cochran and Patrick Brown reached a $400,000 settlement with the State of Washington on behalf of a Shelton man who suffered horrific abuse while in foster care. The man was placed into the state’s foster care system after being removed from his family home in 1993. He was put into the care of Frank Faircloth, who operated a foster home as a means to gain access to young boys for his own sexual gratification.

The state’s failure to ensure the safety of the children placed into its foster care system resulted in lifelong suffering for the plaintiff, who was only 12 years old when he was placed in Faircloth’s home. At that time, Faircloth immediately began sexually grooming the young boy. Although the state did remove the plaintiff from Faircloth’s care, it repeatedly placed him back into Faircloth’s home, resulting in further incidents of abuse. The horrors within Faircloth’s home were so severe that eventually, a foster child that had been placed with Faircloth murdered him out of revenge.

The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court for the State of Washington for Thurston County.

Media coverage about the settlement:

iFIBER One News, “Shelton man reaches $400,000 settlement with state alleging sexual abuse as a teen while in foster care