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Exposing the Hidden Nightmares: Former Inmates Break Silence on Sexual Abuse in Illinois Youth Centers

June 6th, 2024   No Comments   Abuse, Sexual Abuse

The once-hidden horrors of the Illinois Youth Centers (IYCs) are now under the glaring spotlight, as numerous former residents bravely speak out about the sexual abuse they ensured while detained, leading to multiple lawsuits for damages and a closer examination of systemic failures within these institutions. The alarming statistics from official reports, coupled with heart-wrenching personal accounts, have highlighted a pervasive issue that demands urgent attention.


Justice for Kids Achieves Three Top 50 Florida Verdicts

Justice for Kids, a division of Kelley Kronenberg, is pleased to announce the division and several of its attorneys have been recognized on Top Verdict’s list of the top 50 plaintiff’s jury verdicts obtained in Florida in 2023. These include:

  • $15 million verdict on behalf of a brain-damaged 8-year-old child in a damages case against DCF for negligent investigation
  • $13.5 million verdict in a negligent adoption case against Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc.
  • $4.5 million in damages in a wrongful death case involving the Broward Sheriff’s Office


Navigating A Path Forward: Steps to Take in Suspected Child Abuse Cases

April 23rd, 2024   No Comments   Abuse

As Justice for Kids marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s imperative that we shine a spotlight on this critical issue affecting Illinois and the broader nation. Statistics unveiled by the Department for Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the US Department of Health and Human Services paint a stark picture of the magnitude of child abuse and neglect within our communities. With over 231,000 calls to the DCFS hotline last year and an annual victim count reaching over 35,000 in Illinois alone, the urgency for awareness and action has never been more pressing.


April: A Month of Awareness and Action for Children’s Rights

April 16th, 2024   No Comments   Abuse

As the flowers in spring bloom, we should not forget that April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time when we collectively turn our attention to the silent struggles of countless abused, neglected and catastrophically injured children who face trauma and unimaginable circumstance within what should be the safety of their homes and foster care. At Justice for Kids, our commitment to uphold and protect children’s rights is not just our mission; it’s a promise—a vow to stand in the gap for the voiceless and the vulnerable.


Faith’s Law, a Law Aimed at Eradicating Sexual Misconduct at Illinois’ Schools

January 5th, 2024   No Comments   Abuse, Sexual Abuse

Faith’s Law is a law named after prevention advocate and child sexual abuse survivor Faith Colson, who was sexually abused by a teacher at her high school in Illinois.  Years later, during the course of legal proceedings related to the abuse, Faith learned that several adults within her high school suspected that the teacher’s relationship with her was inappropriate but did not take appropriate action to report their concerns.  This motivated Faith to push for change to state laws related to educator sexual misconduct in K-12 schools.


DCF Must Pay $15 Million to a Child for Failing to Protect her From Horrific Abuse, a Jury Decided

January 2nd, 2024   No Comments   Abuse, Court Cases

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) failed to investigate complaints that the mother was using drugs and endangering her child, who suffered “catastrophic” permanent injuries from severe abuse and neglect.  The child, H.H., is now eight years old and completely dependent on others for all aspects of her daily functioning, according to Justice for Kids, which represented her.  The award is among the largest in state history for this kind of case.  The jury’s verdict speaks to “the sheer magnitude and severity” of the girl’s injuries, attorney Stacie Schmerling said.   The Department received a report through its abuse hotline about H.H. and her brother in May 2017, concerning drug activity in the home and poor living conditions.   Moreover, the stepfather, who lived in the home and was a caregiver to H.H., had a criminal history that included arrests for violent crimes, the complaint says.


Sun-Sentinel: Four relatives face charges in Margate teen’s decade of alleged abuse. Police expect more arrests.

December 22nd, 2023   No Comments   Abuse

As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, “It took one text message to a teacher to uncover years of alleged abuse that a 15-year-old girl said she suffered at the hands of her caregivers.”


WPLG: Relative who worked at child abuse nonprofit is latest arrest in Margate teen torture case

December 14th, 2023   No Comments   Abuse

As reported by WPLG Local 10, authorities arrested a former worker at a child abuse prevention organization in connection with an investigation into an alleged house of torture. This happened in Margate, FL where multiple family members are accused of brutalizing, caging and starving a 15-year-old girl for years.

WFTS: Citrus County taking over investigation of foster care abuse allegations

December 9th, 2023   No Comments   Abuse, Foster Care

As reported by ABC Action News, a group of individuals is accusing their former foster parents, Jacklyn and Jerold Logemann, of abuse. After nine kids in foster care were removed from their home, a criminal investigation was launched regarding allegations from former foster kids and the current living conditions at the home, according to police records.


Orlando Sentinel: Jury orders Florida to pay $15 million to Volusia girl tortured by parents

December 9th, 2023   No Comments   Abuse, Court Cases

A young girl has been awarded a $15 million verdict against the Florida Department of Children & Families for negligently investigating abuse reports. Stacie Schmerling and Lisa Elliott, attorneys with the Justice for Kids Division of Kelley Kronenberg, represented the eight-year-old girl, who was tortured and suffered permanent traumatic brain injury and quadriplegia from repeated episodes of abusive head trauma.


Miami Herald: Teen was tortured in Broward home for a decade, police say. A sex offender lived there, too.

November 8th, 2023   No Comments   Abuse

As reported by the Miami Herald, a 15-year-old girl suffered close to a decade of horrors at a Margate home where new court records reveal that a sex offender also lived. Horace Crawley, 74, was arrested on Sunday and is now charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Days prior, Shankyria Latricia Clayton, the girl’s 20-year-old sister, was charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect with great bodily harm in connection with the teen’s case.


Miami New Times – Lawsuit: State Agency Ignored Red Flags Before Miami Mother Killed Children

November 2nd, 2023   Comments Off on Miami New Times – Lawsuit: State Agency Ignored Red Flags Before Miami Mother Killed Children   Abuse

A lawsuit has been filed accusing a state agency of ignoring red flags that ultimately led to the tragic deaths of two children. According to a report by Miami New Times, the agency ignored the increasingly dangerous household and signs that the mother was behaving erratically.