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October 17th, 2013   No Comments   Abuse, Adoption, Advocacy

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Thousands of foster children, former foster children, developmentally disabled and medically needy children are part of the Florida child care system. If you’re currently or formerly a child in – or an advocate for or parent of a child in the foster care system, Florida Child Advocate is here to help.

Every year, thousands of foster children, medically needy children, or those physically abused, sexually abused, the victims of personal injury,  legal damages, and pain and suffering are left to seek solutions on their own. No child should go through this on his or her own. And for the almost 500 who have died while under state watch, they deserved better.

This site was created by the law firm of Talenfeld Law, which was founded by nationally known Florida child advocate Howard Talenfeld, the preeminent children’s rights attorneys focusing exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused children, developmentally disabled children and other at-risk children. Florida Child Advocate is dedicated to protecting children and addressing key issues facing those with foster care, physical abuse, child sexual abuse, social services, dependency, disability or personal injury and damages claims or lawsuits against the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), lead agencies, community based care providers, and other child welfare providers.

We believe that children belong with their own families. However, we also believe that when protective investigations by the Florida DCF and its agencies reveal that children are at high risk of neglect, child sex abuse or physical abuse by their parents, they must be placed with suitable relatives when they are available, and if not, some children must be placed in foster care. Critically, if children are going to be taken into foster care, they should be protected by the Florida Department of Children & Families and their community partners from the risk of physical and sexual abuse and returned home or placed in loving and nurturing adoptive families as quickly as possible. Topics also include the rights of foster Children to be safe from harm in care, their right to medical, psychological care, and disability benefits, their educational rights, and their rights on the road to independence.

Florida Child Advocate.com, The Florida Foster Care Survival Guide, is your one-stop resource designed to help protect the rights of children under the state’s care – and guide the families who love them, the caregivers who serve them, guardians who advocate for them, and the attorneys who counsel them.

This site offers the most exhaustive and up-to-date collection of resources available on the Internet and contact information for various government, social service and independent agencies. We also try to provide help understanding children’s legal rights as they pertain to foster care dependency, damages or disability claims.

We answer important questions, and show how to:

– Get medical and psychological care and disabilities benefits
– Understand foster children’s rights
– Achieve permanency
– Redress damages so that children who are harmed in care can get the help they need before and after they turn 18.
– Find whom to turn to

Helping protect the rights of children, the developmentally disabled and other vulnerable persons in state care is vital. And it’s the core mission of The Florida Foster Care Survival Guide. Explore and learn more today. Please feel free to Contact Us with any additional questions.

Every foster child needs attention. Let Florida Child Advocate.com be your first step toward resolution.

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