National Center for Youth Law

STRATEGIES

Two Forgotten Children v. State of Florida

This civil action for damages was brought by two foster children (sisters) against the State for their excessive length of stay (more than 13 years), denial of family, separation from each other, and being subjected to rapes, beatings, psychotropic medications, excessive force, restraints, and isolation.

 

Overview

FILE NO., COURT AND DATE FILED

95-19835 CA27; 96-05980 (S.D. Fla., Aug. 1995)

ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS

Karen Gievers
524 E. College Avenue, Suite 2
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 222-1961

HISTORY AND STATUS

The case was filed in August 1995. A jury trial ensued in October 1999, resulting in a verdict in plaintiffs’ favor. A total judgment of $4,425,000 was entered on October 22, 1999. All post trial motions were denied.

Defendants appealed the verdict in 2000, and the appellate court vacated. The case settled in late 2003, with each plaintiff receiving $260,000.