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After years of ignoring red flags, DCF secretary finally recognizes department’s failures in stopping child sexual abuse

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After years of protestation by families, children, and advocacy groups that sexual abuse is rampant in state foster homes, DCF secretary Chad Poppell recognizes DCF’s failure in stopping children placed in state-licensed foster care from being sexually abused.   The Miami Herald recently disclosed that during this past year, ninety-two... View Article

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

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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.... View Article

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Howard Talenfeld Quoted in Miami Herald Article on Florida’s Child Protection System

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Child advocates in our state continue to warn us about the problems that have resulted from Florida’s failed experiment with privatization in our state’s child protection system. This article from the Miami Herald details those failures, including commentary from children’s rights attorney Howard Talenfeld. Howard comments: “DCF continues to be... View Article

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Three Foster Child Suicides, One Message: Child Welfare Privatization is a Failure

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When the Florida Department of Children and Families responded to a records request by the media regarding the suicide of Lauryn Martin-Everett with the line, “We remain deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this child,” some could argue the admission itself was a reflection of the state’s failed experiment with privatization... View Article

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Lawyer: After Two Suicides In 60 Days, Florida’s Privatization Of Foster Care Is A Failure

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Pioneering child advocacy attorney Howard Talenfeld, who fights for the rights of children harmed, injured, physically and sexually abused, or who have died while under the watch of Florida’s child welfare system, recently spoke with WLRN to discuss the need to end Florida’s tragic, failed experiment with child welfare privatization.... View Article

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