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Orlando Sentinel: ‘Baby steps’ made to protect kids 20 years after Kayla McKean, 6, was murdered by father

November 27th, 2018   No Comments   Abuse, Foster Care, Privatization

Talenfeld Law Founder Howard Talenfeld shares insights on the deficiencies in our state’s foster care program in this article from the Orlando Sentinel, “‘Baby steps’ made to protect kids 20 years after Kayla McKean, 6, was murdered by father.”

According to Talenfeld, privatization of child-welfare services has resulted in more state dollars going toward administrative costs and less money is reaching the ground per capita per kid.

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Miami Herald: BSO could have intervened to protect this abused baby. It didn’t. She died violently.

November 5th, 2018   No Comments   Court Cases

This is yet another devastating example of the mishandling of a child’s safety when red flags had previously been raised about the child’s care. Talenfeld Law partner, and former BSO child abuse investigator, Stacie Schmerling discusses the recent lawsuit in this article from the Miami Herald.

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Seeking attorneys who are interested in protecting the rights of children and disabled persons

September 5th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Does anyone know of a brilliant attorney who may even have some personal injury background who is looking for a position protecting the rights of children and disabled persons? If so, please contact Howard Talenfeld at howard@justiceforkids.us.



Talenfeld Law’s Howard Talenfeld Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15th, 2018   No Comments   News & Events

Howard M. Talenfeld, a preeminent children’s rights attorney, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2019 in the fields of Civil Rights Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Talenfeld is the Founder and Managing Partner of Talenfeld Law, the first law firm in Florida to focus exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused, medically fragile, foster and other at-risk children.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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Howard Talenfeld Quoted in Miami Herald Article on Florida’s Child Protection System

Child advocates in our state continue to warn us about the problems that have resulted from Florida’s failed experiment with privatization in our state’s child protection system. This article from the Miami Herald details those failures, including commentary from children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld.

Howard comments: “DCF continues to be plagued by many of the same systemic failures that have bedeviled the agency for generations: low pay and crippling turnover among investigators and caseworkers, a dearth of beds at foster homes, especially for kids with emotional or behavioral illnesses, and chronic physical and sexual abuse at shelters.”

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Children’s Rights Attorney Howard Talenfeld Receives 2018 Medal of Honor Award from The Florida Bar Foundation

July 20th, 2018   No Comments   News & Events

Nationally-known children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld was recognized by The Florida Bar Foundation as the recipient of the 2018 Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer. The Medal of Honor Award is the highest award given by The Florida Bar Foundation and recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their exceptional achievements in improving the administration of justice in Florida. Talenfeld received this recognition at The Florida Bar Foundation’s 42nd Annual Reception and Dinner on June 14 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, site of the 2018 Florida Bar Annual Convention.

Known as one of the nation’s preeminent children’s rights attorneys and advocates, Talenfeld is the founder of Talenfeld Law, the first law firm in Florida to focus exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused children, developmentally disabled children and other at-risk youth.

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Talenfeld Law Partner Stacie J. Schmerling Selected to 2018 Florida Rising Stars List

June 29th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Founder Howard Talenfeld Selected to 2018 Florida Super Lawyers List

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  – Talenfeld Law, the first law firm in Florida to focus exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused, medically fragile, foster and other at-risk children, is proud to announce that two of the firm’s partners have been included in the 2018 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Firm partner Stacie J. Schmerling was selected to the 2018 Rising Stars list and founder Howard M. Talenfeld was named on the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list.

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Child Advocates Raise Concern Over Care of Migrant Children Taken From Their Parents

June 22nd, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Child advocates are very worried about the thousands of migrant children who have been taken from their parents. We know that children separated from their parents at young ages are at substantial risk of serious emotional harm.

Read more in this ABC Action News story by clicking here.



Children’s Rights Lawyer Stacie J. Schmerling Receives AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

May 30th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Stacie J. Schmerling, a children’s rights lawyer and partner with Talenfeld Law, has earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. Schmerling is a former veteran child welfare investigator and has been involved in many significant, multimillion dollar cases in the area of civil rights and child welfare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Howard Talenfeld published in South Florida Legal Guide

Read about needed changes to South Florida’s foster care program in the article “South Florida’s Foster Care Program Urgently Needs to Change” by Talenfeld Law Founder Howard Talenfeld in the May 7 issue of the South Florida Legal Guide.

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Talenfeld Law Founder Howard Talenfeld to Receive 2018 Medal of Honor Award

April 25th, 2018   No Comments   News & Events

Our firm is incredibly excited to share that our founder, Howard Talenfeld, will receive the 2018 Medal of Honor Award for a Lawyer at The Florida Bar Foundation’s Annual Dinner in Orlando.

The Medal of Honor Award is the highest award given by The Florida Bar Foundation. This celebration of service will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, site of the 2018 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Hundreds of providers of justice— including some of the state’s most dedicated judges, lawyers and legal aid leaders—will gather in recognition of those worthy individuals who have distinguished themselves through their exceptional achievements in improving the administration of justice in Florida.



Governor Scott Signs $5 Million Claims Bill for Child Sexually Abused by Foster Boy Living in the Home

On Friday, March 23, Governor Rick Scott signed CS/HB 6509, a claims bill that directs the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to pay more than $5 million awarded by a Florida jury to C.M.H., a victim of sexual abuse by a child in foster care. This marks the largest known recovery in Florida for one child who was emotionally and sexually abused against a governmental defendant, DCF. Children’s rights attorney and Talenfeld Law Founder Howard Talenfeld served as co-counsel for C.M.H.

The bill is the result of a verdict and judgment against DCF on behalf of C.M.H., who was sexually assaulted at age nine by an 11-year-old foster child (“J.W.”) that DCF had placed at the home without a safety plan.

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