Because so many children placed in foster care have been victimized by the sexual abuse of their parents, paramours, and caretakers, many of these children act out sexually on other children without sexual histories and cause them extraordinary harm and damage. The attorneys at Justice for Kids have made very significant recoveries on behalf of these innocent children.
Governor Scott Signs $5 Million Claims Bill for Child Sexually Abused by Foster Boy Living in the Home CMH v. Florida Department of Children & Families (Palm Beach),- On Friday, March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed CS/HB 6509, a claims bill that directs the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to pay more than a $5 million judgment awarded by a Florida jury to C.M.H., a victim of sexual abuse by a child in foster care. This marks the largest known recovery in Florida for one child who was emotionally and sexually abused against a governmental defendant, DCF. Read more here
Broward Girls Sexually Abused by Mother Receive $2.2 Million Settlement from ChildNet and Florida Department of Children and Families. Just before trial, child sexual abuse attorneys Howard Talenfeld and Stacie Schmerling negotiated a $2 million settlement with ChildNet for the two young girls who were repeatedly sexually abused by their mother, even after experts warned she was a threat to their safety. The case became an example of threats and warnings ignored and responsibility denied. Read more here
Lawsuit For Failure To Protect Foster Child From Multiple Incidents of Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse. This lawsuit was filed in Orange County, FL on behalf of a former Jacksonville foster child against an agency that owned and operated a therapeutic group home for failure to protect the then 13-year-old from multiple incidents of child-on-child sexual abuse by a 17-year-old known sexual predator living in the same group home. The case was resolved with a confidential settlement.
Lawsuit For Failure To Protect Foster Child From Sexual Abuse and Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse. Florida child abuse attorneys filed suit in Palm Beach County, FL on behalf of a foster child against private child welfare providers and an emergency shelter for failure to protect the child from sexual abuse and child-on-child sexual abuse. The case resolved for an undisclosed amount. One of the defendants did not have the minimum amount of insurance required by statute governing privatization of foster care and related services. Justice for Kids attorneys then filed a lawsuit against that agency’s insurance broker for failure to procure the statutorily required insurance coverage. That case also resolved for an undisclosed amount.
Lawsuit For Failure To Protect Foster Child From Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse While in Shelter & Failure To Protect Him From Abuse and Neglect by Foster Parent. A lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County, FL on behalf of a former foster child against private community-based child welfare providers and an emergency shelter for failure to protect the then 3-year-old child from child-on-child sexual abuse in the shelter and failure to protect him from abuse and neglect by his subsequent foster parent. The case resolved for an undisclosed amount.
Lawsuit for Negligence Resulting in Foster Child’s Mental Health Deterioration. A lawsuit filed in Sarasota County, FL on behalf of a former foster child against DCF, several private community-based child welfare agencies, the former foster parent, and an emergency shelter, for negligence resulting in the child’s mental health deterioration throughout multiple placements and child-on-child sexual abuse in foster care. The case resolved for an undisclosed amount.
Provider Settles Violent Child-On-Child Rape Claim for $4 Million. Attorney Howard Talenfeld successfully negotiated a $4 million settlement on behalf of a child repeatedly raped in a residential facility. Administrators at the center were ignorant of systemic abuse, repeated reports by and from state officials, and even the admission of the child aggressor. This case was successfully concluded after our investigator obtained the statement of the perpetrator who explicitly described how he was able to evade staff of the facility who were watching a football playoff game instead of protecting the children.
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