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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:21 pm | Updated: 1:49 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

KENAI, Alaska - Two sisters have been awarded $2 million from the state of Alaska after being abused in foster care.

The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/IdEEcW) a jury on April 13 found the state Office of Children's Services failed to protect the girls from harm.

The jury also found the agency didn't provide counseling to the girls, who are now adults.

The girls' grandparents became their foster parents in the late 1990s. According to trial testimony, the grandmother was physically abusive and the grandfather sexually abused them.

The girls' attorney, Mike Kramer of Fairbanks, said in a release that the award would lead to accountability for a state agency steeped in a secretive mentality that provides little oversight to wards.

A message left with the agency Wednesday seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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