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Archive for February, 2022

Stacie Schmerling featured on WESH 2 in Orlando

Justice for Kids Partner Stacie Schmerling was recently interviewed by WESH 2 News in Orlando regarding Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services enacting changes, including one major statewide change after Palm Bay’s police chief sounded the alarm on the state’s child welfare system.


The Inextricable Link Between Child Welfare and Human Trafficking

February 23rd, 2022   No Comments   Human Trafficking

In February 2022, a married couple in New York City was accused of operating an extensive sex trafficking ring that involved over 6 young women and went on for many years. Most appalling is the fact that two of the sex trafficking victims were placed in the wife’s foster care. She was the one who was supposed to provide stability and safety for these children; now she and her husband—a registered sex offender from previous offenses (which the foster agencies failed to notice)—have now been indicted on multiple felony charges including sex trafficking and third-degree promoting of prostitution.


Miami Herald: Florida seized a disabled mom’s 4-day-old son: ‘I didn’t think this could happen in America’

As reported by the Miami Herald, it was just two days after Alysha Princess Cesaire gave birth to her son when someone at Memorial Regional Hospital called the state’s child abuse hotline to express concerns that her physical disability — which causes her to use a walker and have difficulty speaking — rendered her an unfit mother.


DCF Removes Four Children from Palm Beach County Couple After An Investigation Reveals They Physically Abused a 13-Year-old Adopted son.

February 11th, 2022   No Comments   Abuse

The Palm Beach County couple was arrested for child abuse by the police after discovery of the abusive, deplorable conditions the boy suffered in.


Justin Grosz Appointed to Florida’s Children First Board of Directors

February 7th, 2022   No Comments   Advocacy

Florida’s Children First (FCF), a statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, is proud to announce the addition of Justin Grosz to its Board of Directors.


Kelley Kronenberg Attorney Julianna Walo Selected for Inclusion as Rising Star in 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine

February 4th, 2022   No Comments   News & Events

Kelley Kronenberg, a multi-practice business law firm, and its Justice for Kids Division are pleased to announce Attorney Julianna Walo has been selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in the 2022 issue of Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. Julianna has been included in the publication since 2020.