Florida's Children First

‘Barahona Relief Act’ would limit monetary awards for abuse victims

March 4, 2011

¬†Outraged critics are calling it the Barahona Relief Act: Twin bills winding through Tallahassee that would cap damages in lawsuits brought against private groups overseeing the care of foster children, regardless of negligence. “It’s appalling,” said Howard Talenfeld, a South Florida attorney who sued the state in two landmark cases – especially coming on the heels of questions raised about how the Department of Children and Families and its private contractor handled the abuse of Nubia and Victor Barahona.

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