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HANDY & Justice For Kids®are Partnering to Present “Finding Family & Friends As An Out Of Home Placement” Virtual Webinar On Wednesday, November 17

November 1st, 2021   No Comments   Foster Care, Uncategorized

Webinar Series will Educate Youth in the Foster Care System about their Rights

WHAT:  HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth) and Justice for Kids®, a Division of Kelley Kronenberg, proudly present “Finding Family & Friends as an Out of Home Placement,” a virtual webinar to educate youth in the foster care system about their rights. Multiple episodes will be held throughout 2021 and 2022.

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NBC News – Foster care crisis: More kids are entering, but fewer families are willing to take them in

January 7th, 2021   No Comments   Foster Care, Uncategorized

The coronavirus pandemic has left many victims in its wake, and the nation’s foster care system is no exception. A recent NBC news article reveals that more kids are entering the foster care system, but fewer families are willing to house them in fear of spreading Covid-19. Children in highly populated areas like New York, New Orleans, and Chicago have been hit the hardest. Chicago alone has seen a 33% increase in the number of children who need foster care services. Foster parents fear expanding their households amidst the pandemic could lead to exposure.

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The Ledger: Florida foster child sexually abused for 4 years, private agency misses multiple red flags

When Florida’s child welfare system fails, the child pays the ultimate price. Far too often, warning signs are overlooked by the private agencies entrusted to care for our kids. In the case of one young boy in Osceola county, they were ignored for four years. This tragic lack of oversight led to the child’s repeated sexual abuse, battery, and continuous exploitation by his relative caregiver/adopted parent.

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Florida’s Children First to Host Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser in Orlando to Support Critical Work with Foster Youth

FLORIDA’S PREMIERE YOUTH ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION BRINGS NAPA TO YOUR HOME FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Orlando, Fla. – Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at–risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting the CHILL Virtual Wine Tasting fundraiser on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. While Central Floridians continue to social distance, this event provides a safe yet entertaining venue for FCF to raise critical funds that support their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic.

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Howard Talenfeld Recognized By 2-1-1 Broward as Non-Profit Board Leader

April 23rd, 2020   No Comments   Uncategorized

Howard M. Talenfeld, a preeminent children’s rights attorney and partner with Justice for Kids, a division of Kelley Kronenberg, was recently honored by 2-1-1 Broward as the Non-Profit Organization Board Leader of the Year. Since 2002, Howard has served as founder and Board President for Florida’s Children First (FCF), Florida’s “go to” agency protecting the rights of foster children and at-risk youth.

Through his leadership over the past two decades, FCF has evolved into a powerhouse that passes crucial legislation, mentors foster youth, changes policy and practice.

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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.

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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Seeking attorneys who are interested in protecting the rights of children and disabled persons

September 5th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Does anyone know of a brilliant attorney who may even have some personal injury background who is looking for a position protecting the rights of children and disabled persons? If so, please contact Howard Talenfeld at howard@justiceforkids.us.

Talenfeld Law Partner Stacie J. Schmerling Selected to 2018 Florida Rising Stars List

June 29th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Founder Howard Talenfeld Selected to 2018 Florida Super Lawyers List

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  – 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 two of the firm’s partners have been included in the 2018 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Firm partner Stacie J. Schmerling was selected to the 2018 Rising Stars list and founder Howard M. Talenfeld was named on the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list.

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Child Advocates Raise Concern Over Care of Migrant Children Taken From Their Parents

June 22nd, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Child advocates are very worried about the thousands of migrant children who have been taken from their parents. We know that children separated from their parents at young ages are at substantial risk of serious emotional harm.

Read more in this ABC Action News story by clicking here.

Children’s Rights Lawyer Stacie J. Schmerling Receives AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

May 30th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Stacie J. Schmerling, a children’s rights lawyer and partner with Talenfeld Law, has earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, the highest peer rating standard awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. Schmerling is a former veteran child welfare investigator and has been involved in many significant, multimillion dollar cases in the area of civil rights and child welfare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urge the Constitution Revision Commission To Do Right by Foster Children

January 6th, 2018   No Comments   Uncategorized

Please help Florida lead the nation by supporting Amendment 40. Our children need our help. Read this commentary piece below from firm Founder Howard Talenfeld for more information on this important issue.

Click here to read more in the Daily Business Review.