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Justice for Kids Business Unit Leader Howard Talenfeld Recognized by Best Lawyers®

August 20th, 2020   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© 2021 in the fields of Civil Rights Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Talenfeld has been recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2017.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. 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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Florida’s Children First Launches “CHILL” Virtual Fundraiser to Support Critical Work with Foster Youth


Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at–risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting the CHILL Virtual Wine Tasting fundraiser on July 29, 2020 at 6pm (EDT). While South Floridians continue to social distance, this event provides a safe venue for FCF to raise critical funds that support their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic.

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DBR: This Broward Woman’s Case Could Change the Way Hospitals, DCF Evaluate Disabled Parents

Sadly, individuals who live with a disability are constantly at risk of losing their children to state care, despite having done nothing wrong and despite whether a true threat exists. Stacie Schmerling, a partner at Justice for Kids, a division of Kelley Kronenberg, and attorney Matthew Dietz hope to shine a light on this injustice and change the way the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Child welfare systems assess parents with disabilities.

Read more about their case in this article from the Daily Business Review by clicking here.

Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales Appoints Children’s Rights Lawyer Howard Talenfeld Chair of Legal Needs of Children Committee

Howard M. Talenfeld, a respected children’s rights attorney and Business Unit Leader of Justice for Kids, a division of Kelley Kronenberg, has been named Chair of The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee, as appointed by Bar President Dori Foster-Morales. This is Talenfeld’s second appointment as Committee Chair, having served in the role from 2009-2010.

The Legal Needs of Children Committee was established to find ways to implement the 2002 recommendations of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. The committee monitors and has informed the legislative process where the legal needs of children are concerned.

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Op Ed: Coronavirus Changes are Everyday Life in Foster Care

Sadly, many of the challenges we are all facing during this pandemic are similar to what children in foster care experience every day. Hear firsthand from Florida Youth Shine advocate Jessica Overstreet in this op ed from Fostering Families Today magazine.

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Netflix Expose’ on Son’s Torture, Death Nothing New to Florida Families

May 4th, 2020   No Comments   Abuse

The Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” is the tragic story about catastrophic failures of the California child welfare system that led to the torture, abuse and death of an 8-year-old boy at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend.

The events might have unfolded 3,000 miles away. But they draw striking similarities to events that continue to happen in Florida and around the nation.

In young Gabriel’s case, signs of his physical abuse were clear enough that school teachers, neighbors, and others called the police and social service agencies numerous times. And each time, the authorities entrusted to protect him found an excuse to look the other way. Police even accused the boy of faking the abuse and released him to his mother.

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Howard Talenfeld Recognized By 2-1-1 Broward as Non-Profit Board Leader

April 23rd, 2020   No Comments   Uncategorized

Howard M. Talenfeld, a preeminent children’s rights attorney and partner with Justice for Kids, a division of Kelley Kronenberg, was recently honored by 2-1-1 Broward as the Non-Profit Organization Board Leader of the Year. Since 2002, Howard has served as founder and Board President for Florida’s Children First (FCF), Florida’s “go to” agency protecting the rights of foster children and at-risk youth.

Through his leadership over the past two decades, FCF has evolved into a powerhouse that passes crucial legislation, mentors foster youth, changes policy and practice.

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Florida Bar Foundation Revamps Proposed Grants to Build COVID-19 Reserve

April 17th, 2020   No Comments   Advocacy

We are so proud that The Florida Bar Foundation increased Florida’s Children First’s yearly grant and recognized the great systemic work FCF does for children!

Read more from the Florida Bar Foundations here.

New York Times: ‘It’s Hit Our Front Door’: Homes for the Disabled See a Surge of Covid-19

April 9th, 2020   No Comments   News & Events

As reported by the New York Times, 1,100 of the 140,000 developmentally disabled people monitored by the state of New York had tested positive for the virus, state officials said as of Monday. One hundred five had died — a rate, far higher than in the general population, that echoes the toll in some nursing homes.

Read more from the New York Times here.

Local 10: Employee at Broward Youth Treatment Center tests positive for coronavirus

At Justice for Kids, one of our greatest fears is that children in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) delinquency programs, foster care and disability group homes contract the Coronavirus.

According to Local 10 WPLG, The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed that an employee at a South Florida facility has tested positive for coronavirus. Read more here.

Talenfeld Law and The JG Firm Join Forces with Kelley Kronenberg to Create Leading Practice Representing Children

January 24th, 2020   No Comments   JusticeForKids.us, News & Events

Three law firms join forces to form Justice for Kids Division at Kelley Kronenberg; Adds 10th office in Daytona Beach

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse full-service law firm, has partnered with Talenfeld Law and The JG Firm to create the Justice for Kids Division at the firm. This division is one of the largest practices in the U.S. devoted solely to protecting abused, disabled and catastrophically injured children. The Justice for Kids Division will collaborate with all of Kelley Kronenberg’s offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Lakes, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Chicago, including the addition of an office in Daytona Beach.

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Talenfeld Law Listed in 2020 “Best Law Firms”

December 2nd, 2019   No Comments   Personal Injury

Talenfeld Law has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers on its 2020 “Best Law Firms” list. The firm received a Metropolitan (Fort Lauderdale) Tier 3 ranking for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.