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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.



Talenfeld Law Partners Listed in 2020 South Florida Legal Guide

November 14th, 2019   No Comments   News & Events

Congratulations to  firm Partners Howard Talenfeld and Stacie Schmerling on their selection to South Florida Business & Wealth magazine’s 2020 South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers” List! 

 

 

 

 

 



Tampa Bay Times: Plan to use secure facility for Hillsborough’s problem foster teens is ‘ludicrous,’ sheriff says

A plan to use a secure facility to house Hillsborough’s problem foster teens is being met with opposition from several groups, including the Hillsborough County Sheriff, the Hillsborough County Commission Chairman, and Florida’s Children First. They warn that forcing children into a locked facility will cause them more emotional harm.

According to a recent news report from the Tampa Bay Times, Sheriff Chronister “described the plan, which is backed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, as ‘ludicrous’ and warned Wednesday it would further erode children’s confidence in the grownups entrusted to care for them.”

Read more from the Tampa Bay Times here.



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.