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Local 10: Police say Miami foster mother abused children, causing one girl to die

October 18th, 2019   No Comments   Abuse

In what has been described by Miami-Dade police and the Department of Children and Families as “one of the most horrifying cases of abuse they have seen” Local 10 WPLG reports that a local foster mother is facing abuse charges for the alleged abuse of three girls, ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years old.

According to the report published by Local 10, “numerous injuries from former beatings were found on their bodies, including healed marks and healed burn scars on their hands and fingers.”

Read more of this horrific story of child abuse by clicking here.



Deadline: ‘Foster Boy,’ Legal Thriller About Foster Child, Has Surprising Real-Life Turn Of Events

October 17th, 2019   No Comments   Abuse

“Foster Boy” is a legal thriller about the abuse of an African-American kid in the foster system. As reported by Deadline, “the screenwriter for the film Foster Boy won a $45M judgment against a social services agency — the largest award in the history of the state of Illinois in a case involving the death of a toddler in the foster system.”

Sadly, there are far worse cases here in Florida.

Read more about the movie by clicking here.



Statewide Human Trafficking Summit Reminds Us that More Progress, Prevention is Needed

October 1st, 2019   No Comments   Advocacy, Sexual Abuse

On Monday, hundreds of individuals involved in criminal justice, social services, health and mental health, and others gathered in Orlando for Florida’s first statewide Human Trafficking Summit. As reported by Florida Politics, “So much more attention and effort is being paid to the scourge of human trafficking now than 20 years ago. Yet there remains so little visible progress, especially in prevention…”

We must continue to shine a bright light on the places where these heinous crimes are committed, and work to educate the employees of hotels, massage parlors, and adult theaters on how to spot the signs of trafficking and common practices. While there is now more attention on human trafficking, there is still much more that needs to be done in order to address and prevent some of Florida’s worst and most vile crimes.

Read more about the Human Trafficking Summit in the article “Human trafficking summit opens with concern that prevention still lags” from Florida Politics here.



Local 10 News: Florida man with Down syndrome dies in hot van while caretaker naps

We are seeing far too many children and disabled persons die in vans because of caretaker negligence. It’s time for our legislature to enact comprehensive protections for these vulnerable persons.

Read the latest report from Local 10 News by clicking here.



Howard Talenfeld Named in Florida Trend 500

September 6th, 2019   No Comments   News & Events

Congratulations to Talenfeld Law founder Howard Talenfeld for being selected to the Florida 500, Florida Trend magazine’s list of the most influential business leaders in our state! See his profile in this month’s issue.



Daily Business Review: Web Outreach on Sex Trafficking Connects Accusers to Attorneys, But Raises Questions

August 21st, 2019   No Comments   Sexual Abuse

Child advocates warn about the issues with attorneys advertising to attract victims of sex trafficking. Our own Howard Talenfeld discusses how these advertisements may actually put victims in danger in this article from the Daily Business Review.

According to Howard, “These kids are living in fear of their captors, and so we are highly concerned.”

Read more from the Daily Business Review here.



AP: Claims of abuse in foster homes mount for migrant kids separated at border

August 16th, 2019   No Comments   Abuse, Foster Care

As reported by the Associated Press, the foster care programs meant to provide migrant children with care while authorities work to connect them with parents, relatives or other sponsors may actually be harming them.  A review of 38 legal claims obtained by the Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages from parents who said their children were harmed while in government custody.

Read more from the Associated Press by clicking here.



DBR: Legal Aid Groups Bring Class Action Against Florida Agencies Over Medicaid Terminations

Hear from our firm founder Howard Talenfeld in this article from the Daily Business Review regarding a new proposed class action lawsuit in Florida. While Talenfeld is not involved in the class action, he comments on his experience with Florida’s welfare and disability programs.

Click here to read more from the Daily Business Review.



Mourning the loss of a true advocate for kids – Joel Fass

July 29th, 2019   No Comments   Uncategorized

Florida Child Advocate joins many organizations and attorneys in South Florida in mourning the loss of a true advocate for children, Joel Fass. On top of his very successful and active legal practice, Joel was a hero and advocate for foster children, the elderly and the disabled. He volunteered with several organizations, including Florida’s Children First.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11 am at B’nai Aviv Synagogue in Weston.

Read more about Joel’s distinguished career in this profile from Legal Eagle South Florida.



Miami Herald: Reports of child neglect piled up. BSO declared the kids safe. Now the boys are dead.

July 8th, 2019   No Comments   Investigations, Protection

Too many children are dying and being seriously injured in Broward County that have had prior investigations and are known to BSO. It’s time for BSO to make children their FIRST priority, fill their open positions and reduce their caseloads. Or BSO should give the protective investigations function back to DCF.

Read more from the Miami Herald here.



Gainesville Sun: Children flee adoptive parents, describe home of horrors

June 21st, 2019   No Comments   Abuse, Adoption

As reported by the Gainesville Sun, ” two Gainesville children — ages 8 and 10 — who fled to safety last week say they were repeatedly hit, fed only bread and water along with table scraps, ‘drowned’ in a bathtub, and burned or shocked by their adoptive parents.” Read more by clicking here.



Talenfeld Law Attorneys Featured in 2019 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine Once Again

June 11th, 2019   No Comments   News & Events, Uncategorized

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 the firm’s partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Firm founder Howard M. Talenfeld was named to the 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list and partner Stacie J. Schmerling was selected to the 2019 Florida Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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