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A Sad Refrain: Broward’s Privatized Child Abuse System Does Not Protect Abused Children

It’s becoming an all too common refrain in Florida. Gabriel Myers, Tamiya Audain, Antwone Hope and now Ahzia Osceola, each slipped through the cracks of Broward’s Child welfare system and died.

A child dies or suffers serious child abuse, sexual abuse or neglect at the hands of his parents, guardians or caregivers. Once the Department of Children and Families launches its investigation, it’s discovered that the child was known to be at risk by ChildNet, Broward child investigators, and many others, but little to nothing was done to protect the child.

This sad refrain has come true again in the case of 3-year-old Ahziya Osceola. Though abuse investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office saw the signs of repeated abuse – bumps, bruises, fingerprints, scratches and abrasions on little Ahziya’s body – they failed to act or even acknowledge the “a pattern of repeat injuries” outlined in a report released this week by the Department of Children and Families.


South Florida Child Abuse Lawyer: Society Must Do Better Than Letting Children Suffer in Closet

Imagine living life locked in a closet, deprived of food, medical care, even the use of a bathroom. Now imagine being a child or young teen suffering such child abuse and neglect. This tale emerged as police in Palm Beach County arrested a couple who kept their two children, now ages 12 and 17, locked up in a closet. No matter how much attention child advocates and foster child abuse attorneys try to focus on the harm and horrors inflicted on our children, the abuse and neglect continue.

In this case, police say the children would be locked in the closet in their Riviera Beach home for days on end, and nobody would notice they were missing. One child eventually was able to escape and reach a friend.

Police have arrested Quincy Hazel Sr., and Sabrina Golden-Hazel, both 44, accusing them of depriving the children of medical care and food for years. They’re accused of neglect of a child causing great bodily harm and both were in the Palm Beach County Jail on $100,000 bail. Still, police are unsure if the couple were the children’s parents.


Florida Foster Child Abuse Lawyer Earns Top Rating from Peers for 29th Consecutive Year

April 13th, 2015   No Comments   Abuse, News & Events

Fort Lauderdale attorney Howard Talenfeld has been designated a AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. The rating attest to Talenfeld’s legal ability and professional ethics based on the opinions of other lawyers, client review ratings, self-reported professional credentials and other fact-based performance data.

Talenfeld is Florida’s premier foster child advocacy, child abuse and sexual abuse attorney exclusively representing children who have been harmed while under the care or watch of child welfare agencies or state-contracted childcare organizations.

He today is managing partner of Talenfeld Law Group LLC, a Fort Lauderdale-based firm protecting the rights of abused, neglected and disabled children.