Lawyer: After Two Suicides In 60 Days, Florida’s Privatization Of Foster Care Is A Failure
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.
“It’s the Department of Children and Families that gives the job to a contractor like Our Kids, and they contract out with case management agencies,” he says. “We’re seeing kids that just aren’t in the right kinds of placements, don’t receive the right kinds of services. In her case, she wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near the Internet.”