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3 Accused of Beating Mentally Impaired Man at State Hospital in Pembroke Pines

As a children’s rights law firm representing Florida foster children and others at risk of child abuse, child sex abuse, and other harm, Talenfeld Law is aware of the perils society’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens face. But developmentally disabled adults are not immune from physical harm.

In Pembroke Pines, three former employees of the South Florida State Hospital have been accused of beating a mentally impaired patient, according to reporting of court documents. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the plaintiff, identified as C.S., was 25 when three employees in 2014 tried to restrain him after C.S. allegedly struck a female staffer, who declined to pursue charges.


Fort Lauderdale Child Abuse Attorney to Sponsor ‘For The Public Good’ Event

September 13th, 2016   No Comments   Advocacy

Talenfeld Law, the premier law firm exclusively representing at-risk children and developmentally disabled adults in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach and throughout Florida, will be a major sponsor for the Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) annual fundraising event, For the Public Good.

The event will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale.

The partners at Talenfeld Law have long been involved with Children’s Advocacy Programs at LAS and CCLA, including the Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Project. As one of Ms. McPharlin’s former law partners, Howard Talenfeld, was a founder of the Project and has supported the initiative since its inception. Through this sponsorship commitment, Talenfeld is challenging others to match the contribution or make a commitment to the children of our community.


Florida Children’s Rights Attorney Names to List of Best Lawyers in America

September 10th, 2016   No Comments   Advocacy

Fort Lauderdale-based child abuse attorney Howard M. Talenfeld was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the field of Civil Rights Law. As the preeminent children’s rights attorney, Talenfeld’s firm, Talenfeld Law, exclusively represents at-risk children and developmentally disabled adults in Miami, West Palm Beach, and throughout Florida who are the victims of physical abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, and other harm by state agencies and private contractors.

First published in 1983 and based on peer-review evaluation, Best Lawyers is the definitive guide to legal excellence. The 2017 edition analyzed some 7.3 million votes and naming almost 55,000 lawyers nationwide to the list.


Hearing Officer Chides Agency for Persons with Disabilities for Declining Child’s Care

September 5th, 2016   No Comments   Advocacy

In its article, “The machinations used to deny care to one disabled foster kid,” the Miami Herald outlined how the Agency for Persons with Disabilities worked to decline paying for services for a 16-year-old under the state’s care. The child’s guardians requested the agency pay for the child to be enrolled in a suitable residential program. Employees agreed. An APD Miami supervisor overruled them, “and then sought to cover up the prior recommendation,” according to an opinion from a hearing officer.

“The agency was instructed that this manner of conducting reviews, and the … appearance of a deliberate attempt to conceal information from the hearing officer and [S.J.] was strictly unacceptable, and was not to occur again.”

To Fort Lauderdale child abuse attorneys and those who work to protect Florida’s vulnerable It’s vital that organizations charged with providing care for the state’s at-risk youth find ways to provide care – not avoid delivering it.