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Florida Child Advocate Attorneys’ $2.2 million Settlement vs ChildNet, DCF Profiled in Local Media

A $2.2 million settlement negotiated by attorneys for two young girls who were repeatedly sexually abused by their mother, even after experts warned and judges admonished community based care provider ChildNet Inc., and the Florida Department of Children and Families, recently was profiled in South Florida publication, Daily Business Review.

As part of the settlement, ChildNet will pay its maximum policy limit of $2 million; DCF, which contracted ChildNet for services, will pay its statutory cap of $200,000. Read the story here.

According to news releases, ChildNet and DCF refuse to accept any responsibility for their repeated and gross negligence, regardless of the settlement, said Joel Fass, a partner with Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate & Webb P.A., who along with Howard Talenfeld and Stacie Schmerling were the plaintiffs’ counsel.


Longtime Broward Child Advocate Litigator Anne Alper Joins Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb Children’s Rights Division

March 15th, 2013   No Comments   Advocacy, News & Events

Attorney Anne V. Alper, who has dedicated her 25-year career to protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals, joined the Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb Children’s Rights and Foster Care/Disabled Persons Damages Division as an Associate in January 2013.

With her, Ms. Alper brings extensive experience in children’s rights litigation and litigation management, and will continue to handle similar cases on behalf of the Firm.

In private practice for 15 years, she handled family law-related cases involving child advocacy, and was frequently called upon to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and special magistrate. During that time, she incorporated into her firm the practice of insurance defense litigation, and also performed legal work involving administrative law, employment disputes and contractual obligations.


Foster Child Attorneys, At-Risk Advocates at Florida’s Children First Raise Record-Breaking $130,000; Largest Amount Raised at a Single Event in FCF’s 11-Year History

March 2nd, 2013   No Comments   Advocacy

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Through the generosity of its local supporters, Florida’s Children First (FCF), the statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, broke its own fundraising records by raising more than $130,000 at its February 28 Broward awards reception in Fort Lauderdale. This money will be used toward the many programs and services the organization offers to vulnerable children around the state.

More than 250 Broward County child advocates, elected officials, judges and community and business leaders were in attendance. FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas, along with FCF President and Fort Lauderdale children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld, led the event, with WPLG Local 10 Anchor Kristi Krueger serving as mistress of ceremonies.

Children’ issues reporter Carol Marbin Miller received the “Media Advocate of the Year” award. Carol has been a dedicated reporter for the Miami Herald for more than 12 years, working to expose neglect and failures within Florida’s social services. She has uncovered numerous abuses of power whose victims were among the state’s most vulnerable – our children.