Thousands of foster children, former foster children, developmentally disabled and medically fragile children are part of the Florida child care system. If you’re currently or formerly a child in – or an advocate for or parent of a child in the foster care system – the Justice for Kids blog is here to help.
Every year, thousands of foster children, medically needy children, or those physically abused, sexually abused, are the victims of personal injury, legal damages, and pain and suffering and are left to seek solutions on their own. No child should go through this on his or her own, and for the almost 500 who have died while under state watch, they deserved better.
This blog was created by Justice for Kids, a unique law practice and division of law firm Kelley Kronenberg. Founded by Howard Talenfeld, the preeminent children’s rights attorney focusing exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused children, developmentally disabled children, neglected children and other at-risk children, Justice for Kids blog addresses key issues facing those with foster care, physical abuse, child sexual abuse, social services, dependency, disability or personal injury and damages claims or lawsuits against the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), lead agencies, community based care providers, and other child welfare providers.
Along side Howard are Justice for Kids Partner and Co-Business Unit Leader Stacie Schmerling, a veteran child abuse case worker and investigator who spent 10 years working in the child welfare systems in New Jersey and Florida. Firm Partner and Co-Business Unit Leader Justin D. Grosz is a 25-year veteran trial lawyer and former Assistant State Attorney. he practices in the areas of child safety, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and civil rights.
We believe that children belong with their own families. However, we also believe that when protective investigations by the Florida DCF and its agencies reveal that children are at high risk of neglect, child sexual abuse or physical abuse by their parents or other caregivers, they must be placed with suitable relatives when they are available, and if not, some children must be placed in foster care. Critically, if children are going to be taken into foster care, they should be protected by the Florida Department of Children & Families and their community partners from the risk of physical and sexual abuse and returned home or placed in loving and nurturing adoptive families as quickly as possible.
In this blog, we also explore topics including the rights of foster children to be safe from harm in care, their right to medical care, psychological care, and disability benefits, their educational rights, and their rights on the road to independence.
This site offers resources for various government, social service and independent agencies. We also try to provide help understanding children’s legal rights as they pertain to foster care dependency, damages and disability claims.
We answer important questions, and show how to:
- Get medical and psychological care and disabilities benefits
- Understand foster children’s rights
- Achieve permanency
- Redress damages so that children who are harmed in care can get the help they need before and after they turn 18.
- Find whom to turn to
Fighting for abused, disabled and injured kids is our mission. Please feel free to Contact Us with any additional questions.
Every foster child deserves to live a safe and happy life. The Justice For Kids blog can provide the information to help that happen.