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Child Foster Care Reform: National Call to Action on Children in Foster Care State Plans To Improve Nation’s Foster Care Programs and Child Protection System Unveiled

Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) May 2, 2006

Representatives from the nations state courts and child welfare agencies have developed specific recommendations to improve child foster care systems and foster care programs throughout the country as part of a National Call to Action on children in foster care released by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). State Supreme Court justices partnered with other state leaders to develop the National Call to Action to help reduce the length of time children spend in foster care. Their recommendations provide states with a clear road map of action plans and needed resources to improve outcomes for our nation’s children living in foster care.

Today more than 500,000 children live in foster care. Half of the children will spend at least two years in the Nations foster care system and one in five children will be in the system for five years or more. Although child foster care is often an essential step in helping abused and neglected children, state and local court delays can often extend the time between when children enter the foster care system and when they are placed in safe, permanent homes. While in this ‘limbo,’ many children and families do not receive the assistance they need to allow children to return home safely or prepare them to join another family.

“Implementation of these plans will go a long way to make substantial progress toward reducing the amount of time children spend in the foster care system,” said Chief Justice of Indiana Randall T. Shepard, President of the Conference of Chief Justices. “It will bring these children one step closer to the safe and permanent families they need and deserve.”

The National Call to Action is the result of the landmark National Judicial Leadership Summit for the Protection of Children: Changing Lives by Changing Systems (the Summit), which was held in Minnesota in September 2005. Leaders of 49 state court systems (Louisiana was unable to participate due to Hurricane Katrina), the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories participated in the Summit. As part of the Summit, each state developed an action plan to improve its child protection system procedures and programs. The NCSC, which coordinated the Summit, compiled the team plans into the National Call to Action.

“When a court case sits on the docket, a child sits in foster care,” said former Chief Justice of Minnesota Kathleen Blatz, who co-chaired the Summit.

“While foster care is supposed to be their lifeboat, for many children it’s become the Titanic. The delay in finding a permanent caring home can have a profound affect on a child,” said NCSC President Mary Campbell McQueen.

While all state action plans for child foster care system reform address specific local needs and challenges, there was considerable consensus across major areas needing improvement and the steps required to achieve these changes. Drawing on recommendations from the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, state teams identified the following strategies underpinning their action plans:

The Deadbeat Vigilante Manual: Seven Do-It-Yourself Action Tips That Will Help Cure America’s Deadbeat Virus

Greenville, SC (PRWEB) July 24, 2007

They seem to be everywhere: the corporate elite compensated far beyond their worth … lazy teachers who ride the “tenure train” while contributing very little … lawsuit leeches seeking to profit from imagined slights or fake injuries. Deadbeats. If you’re a hardworking, law-abiding citizen, you probably fume every time you read about them or see them on TV (or in person as the case may be). America is supposed to be the Land of Opportunity, you think. But it’s looking more like the Land of Opportunists.

“Each man, woman, and child in the United States pays almost $ 10,000 per year in higher product costs, higher costs for services, higher insurance costs, higher taxes, and higher fees at financial institutions, all because of deadbeats,” says Michael Webb, author of Are You Kidding Me? How Deadbeat Tolerance Is Killing Common Sense and Costing America Trillions. “A family of four decent, hardworking, honest people pays $ 38,000 for deadbeat activities. No wonder we have a tough time saving money!”

Webb is on a mission to squash the slackers, porky politicians, welfare wasters, and other low-lifes who take advantage of the rest of us.

Here are seven action tips that will help you become a deadbeat vigilante:

Take “consumer action” against deadbeats. “When you encounter slothful servers, slacker salesclerks, or tenure-train-riding teachers, report them to their supervisors,” says Webb. “The first step to ending this kind of deadbeat behavior is forcing their supervisors to take notice and act on their employees’ behavior.

Refuse to participate in frivolous lawsuits. “Frivolous cases that are not immediately dismissed can really hit an organization’s and/or individual’s wallet,” says Webb. “Attorneys often drag out depositions and other parts of the process to fatten their bills. They also include every possible person, product, and corporation ‘involved’ in a tragic event in hopes of getting a big settlement from one, some, or all those named.”

Protect your credit and debit cards. “Shred old bills and credit card applications. If you’re making purchases online, make sure you are using a secure site,” says Webb. “Every time you lose sight of a card, you’re susceptible to becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft. To live on the safe side, use cash whenever possible.”

Volunteer with at-risk kids. “Some young people may not have the necessary mentors to encourage them to make positive choices and stick with getting an education,” says Webb. “By letting them know that someone cares, and by showing them another, better path in life, you can help reduce the chances that they will become involved in crime and start going down the path of a deadbeat.”

Vote! “Voting is the best way to get rid of the politicians in our system who aren’t following the rules,” says Webb. “Whether they’re engaging in pork barrel spending, not attending legislative sessions or other meetings, or enjoying behind the scenes illegal deals involving fraud, bribery, or other criminal acts, the best way to show them you don’t approve is by voting them out of office.”

Report deadbeat parents. “Refusing to pay child support not only costs taxpayers big money, it inflicts hardship on the most innocent people of all,” says Webb. “It is a serious offense. Don’t let them get away with it. If you need a little encouragement to spur you on to turning in deadbeat parents, consider this: taxpayers often pay twice for deadbeat parents–once to incarcerate them and another to pay their welfare checks.”

Work to improve schools. Confront bad teachers. Run for school board and effect change from within. Campaign for school reform on a local, state, or national level. Education is one of the key factors in preventing our children from becoming the future deadbeats of America. Make sure you are doing your part to stop the cycle.

“Deadbeats have worn us down by their behavior, and if we don’t take a stand, it will only get worse,” says Webb. “If we can mobilize the responsible, hardworking people who are paying the lion’s share of the bills–and get them to stand up to deadbeats in all their insidious forms and shout, ‘Enough!’–we can halt the spreading deadbeat plague that threatens the very fabric of our nation.”

About the Author:

Michael Webb is on an anti-deadbeat mission. He is president of Smith Premier Services, a South Carolina-based company within the JM Smith Corporation, with revenues exceeding $ 2.1 billion. As a registered pharmacist, he has spent over 35 years in the prescription drug marketplace with hands-on experience in every facet of the industry. He has held senior positions with such respected companies as Prescription Management Services, Inc., Baxter International, Walgreen Company, and Lily/PCS. He has also consulted for the Office of Pharmacy Affairs in Washington and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy from which he graduated.

About the Book:

Are You Kidding Me? How Deadbeat Tolerance Is Killing Common Sense and Costing America Trillions (Pittsburgh Professional Publishing, 2006, ISBN-10: 0-9748299-2-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-9748299-2-0, $ 14.95) is available at bookstores nationwide and major online booksellers.

For more information, visit http://www.antideadbeat.com.

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Singer and Actress Mandy Moore Joins the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets for an Emergency Call to Action to Save Lives in the Central African Republic


Washington, DC (Vocus) July 28, 2010

Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore announced today she is joining the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign to respond to an urgent need for life-saving, anti-malaria bed nets in the Central African Republicwhere a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), is partnering with Nothing But Nets and its UN partners to deliver bed nets to each family in the country who needs one, by the end of this year.

Malaria is preventable, yet it continues to kill nearly one million people every year, said Mandy Moore, who has seen the effects of malaria in Africa firsthand. Insecticide-treated bed nets are one of easiest ways to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Im proud to be part of this initiative to send nets and save lives, and am hopeful we can reach this goal for the Central African Republic.

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 15 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with bed nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

People need to know that malaria, a disease that has existed for centuries and killed millions, can be stopped within the next five years, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. Mandy Moores voice, and the global reach of social media, is helping spread the buzz about the urgency of stopping this preventable disease.

Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she saw its impact firsthand in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSIan experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. Id like to invite my fans to join me for a live discussion on August 12 at 2:00 p.m. [ET] to learn more and find out how they can help. Im eager to spread the word about this deadly disease and its simple solutionjust $ 10 to send a life-saving bed net.

Moore will join experts from Nothing But Nets and PSI for a Town Hall on malaria in Africa, broadcast live on Facebook, to speak more about the emergency appeal for nets in the Central African Republic and what Americans can do to help. To learn more, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

BACKGROUND

Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. Nothing But Nets, in partnership with Many Moore and PSI, plans to deliver 837,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to ensure each family in the country is protected from malaria.

Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria – which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated bed net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to five years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $ 30 million to distribute more than 3 million nets to families throughout Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Associations NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $ 10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About PSI

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. http://www.psi.org.

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Comb First! A Call to Action for September’s 2010 National Head Lice Prevention Month


Newton Highlands, MA (PRWEB) September 2, 2010

The National Pediculosis Association (NPA), 25th annual sponsor of National Head Lice Prevention Month, says Comb First! Comb out the lice and nits (lice eggs) when there are fewer of them and before the task becomes unnecessarily challenging.

NPA’s Comb First! campaign is focused on helping parents understand the importance of lice and nit removal and teaching them how to comb. http://headlice.org/video/index.php.

Comb First! emphasizes education and early intervention to protect children from unnecessary exposure to pesticides. Parents can avoid the difficulties of head lice by knowing what to look for, checking their children regularly, making an accurate determination of lice and nits and getting them out of the hair safely and effectively.

Checking children after school, childcare or camp is important, but nothing compares to parents checking the family regularly at home so kids can arrive to the group setting lice and nit free.

Pediculosis is an endemic communicable disease affecting children across the nation. Many of the treatments for lice contain potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides. NPA reports that parents are getting mixed messages on this health issue.

Head lice can be an undeniable crisis for a family. Too often parents receive advice that’s counterintuitive to parenting. They are told they needn’t be concerned about bugs in their child’s hair because head lice are just a nuisance. Some health officials have abandoned even the most basic rules of healthy hygiene and grooming.

Microfinance USA Conference to Ignite Action for Consumer Protection and Increased Microfinance Services in the United States


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2011

WHAT: 2nd National Microfinance USA Conference

WHEN: Monday, May 23 & Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS: Carlos Danel, Compartamos Banco; Jonathan Morduch, NYU Wagner; Felix Salmon, Reuters; Adam Davidson, NPR; Daryl Collins, Financial Diaries and Bankable Frontiers; Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance and Community Development, Citi

Despite an economy crippled by stubbornly high unemployment rates and an ongoing credit crunch, microlenders across the U.S. are creating bright spots of economic mobility and small business growth. At the 2011 Microfinance USA Conference (May 23rd and 24th), the nations top practitioners, investors, and researchers will convene to discuss the future of U.S. microfinance. There, they will be joined by international microlending organizations to announce a campaign for consumer protection standards.

WHILE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING STAGNATES, MICROFINANCE GROWS

With a recent Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council report indicating a 30 percent drop in small business lending in recent years, the need for microfinancethe practice of responsible lending to small businesses too new or too high-risk to qualify with mainstream lendersis clear. And the ability of microfinance to ignite lasting change is proven: Opportunity Fund and the ACCION U.S. Network, the conference presenters, report a business survival rate twice the national average, repayment rates that rival those of mainstream lenders, and a boost in local job creation for each loan provided. Both lenders estimate an average loan size of just over $ 7,000.

Its no wonder that demand for our microloans has nearly doubled since 2010, says Eric Weaver, Opportunity Fund founder and CEO. Especially since the economic meltdown, people are in need of financial services they can trust. And thats what microfinance isa move towards an integrated, inclusive and reliable financial sector.

Small businesses create 64 percent of the new jobs in our country, says Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance and Community Development for Citi. Its clear that microfinance is meeting a critical need, enabling very small business owners to access capital, obtain valuable business training and move their way into the financial mainstream.

CONSUMER PROTECTION: STRENGTHENING MICROFINANCE’S FUTURE

Microfinance USA 2011 will chart the course for the future of the U.S. microfinance industry by rallying U.S. MFIs around a new effort to create industry-wide consumer protection standards. At the conference, Opportunity Fund, Kiva, and ACCION International will call on U.S. microlenders to join them as endorsers of the Smart Campaign, the first global effort to unite microlenders around the common goal of providing all clients with transparent, respectful, and prudent financial services.

“As microfinance continues to grow and mature, we must always keep our clients best interest at the center of our work, says Michael Schlein, president and CEO of ACCION International. This means creating products that are fair and transparent, and committing ourselves to strong consumer protection.

MICROFINANCE IN ACTION

In addition to hearing from over 140 high-caliber microfinance experts at over 40 sessions, conference attendees will tour small businesses in New York that have benefited from microloans. They will meet with business owners like Fauzia Rahman, a former social service worker who struggled to make ends meet after the birth of her first child. She opened a small Halal food cart in the Bronx, and, with a microloan from ACCION USA, a member of the ACCION U.S. Network, was able to buy a larger cart. She met with great success and she recently received a new loan that enabled her to expand her business, double her locations, and hire another full-time employee. Today, her son is looking forward to starting college in the fall.

Nationwide, microfinance has a meaningful impact in hard-hit communities. Bernard McGraw became separated from his wife and children during the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. The family reunited in San Antonio, TX, where he opened Bernards Creole Kitchen, a small makeshift restaurant that quickly became a local favorite, garnering many food awards. A microloan from ACCION Texas-Louisiana, a member of the ACCION U.S. Network, enabled Bernard to relocate the restaurant from a cramped shack to an inviting location, where it has continued to attract a loyal clientele.

I had the vision of how to rebuild my life, says Bernard, but I didnt have the funds. Thanks to my microloan, Ive been able to grow my business and support my family. After receiving help when he needed it most, Bernard also started Gumbo Under the Bridge, a program that feeds homeless people.

ABOUT THE MICROFINANCE USA CONFERENCE

Microfinance USA is the conference where the nation’s leading microfinance champions exchange ideas and information that set the agenda for the future of the field. Conceived and produced by Opportunity Fund and now in its third year, Microfinance USA 2011 is hosted by Opportunity Fund, the ACCION U.S. Network and Kiva. Citi is the lead conference sponsor.

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2012 Clean WORLD Movement, People of the World Take Action All Together to Cope With Climate Change


Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 28, 2012

Climate change is a topic of conversation in the international society. In order to cope with unusual weather phenomenon that threaten human welfare, the people of the world throw themselves into the matter with enthusiasm, centering on the Rep. of Korea. Recently, there have been severe damages from environmental disasters such as flood and heavy snow due to climate change. To prevent environmental pollution and fulfill human welfare, people of the world are going to carry out the environmental clean-up movement in the hills, rivers, streets, parks and seas of their countries.

It is the 2012 Clean WORLD Movement to be held throughout the world on the following Sunday (Apr 29), hosted by a global welfare organization, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation (Chairwoman Zahng Gil-Jah). This day will be a Clean Day when the whole world becomes clean.

It is very rare for an NGO, not a world or governmental organization, to perform such wide environmental clean-up activity to cope with climate change. The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation said, Many people of each country gathered their mind to take the initiative and set an example of helping people in crisis due to climate disasters and making known the seriousness of climate change and environmental pollution,and added, In the clean environment, clean life can be formed and true human welfare can be completed. If more people of the world agree with and participate in this, it can be fulfilled.

The Clean WORLD Movement is an environmental welfare activity with a new concept, which the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation expands worldwide, starting from the Rep. Of Korea. The WORLD is the combination of the initials of Water, Oxygen, Region, Life and Descendant, and contains the meaning that we should preserve clean water, oxygen, region and life that consist of global environment and leave them to our descendants. According to this meaning, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation is actively proceeding with the environmental clean-up and welfare activities, considering that the environment and welfare are closely related with each other, not separate.

This time, the Clean WORLD Movement is going to be carried out throughout Korea Gangwon, Chungcheong, Jeolla, Gyeongsang, Jeju, and so on including Seoul and capital area and each continent of the world in North America including USA and Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. The clean-up activities are carried out freely in the hills, rivers, seas, parks, historical sites and streets according to each local circumstance. Not only the WeLoveU members but also their families, friends and neighbors will participate in it and public offices like city hall, town office, and borough office of each region are also going to take part in it. This will be a great help to inform the importance of environmental protection to citizens.

In Washington DC’s very own Shepard’s Park the movement will be held. Approximately 200 WeLoveU members from DC, Richmond, Virginia Beach and North Carolina will come to aid residents and locals who have constantly battled illegal dumping in and around their homes. Shepard’s Park is known for it’s leading value in the enhancement of diversity since the years following World War II and through this movement, the International WeLove U Foundation, would like to shine the light in DC starting in Shepard’s Park to the whole WORLD in hopes that each and every resident will care to MOVE and make our communities a better place.

The Clean WORLD Movement that the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation performs is carried out around the world every year. For example, the foundation developed the clean-up activities in the hills, rivers, parks, and streets in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Nepal, Mongolia, etc. in 2010. In Korea, too, clean-up activities were carried out in about 300 regions Jungrang Strem in Seoul, Daebu Islan in Gyeonggi, Anyang Stream, Incheon Port, Sokcho beach, Mt. Palgong in Daegu, Traditional Korean House Village in Jeongju, Geumnamro park ini Gwangju, etc. Many people including workers, university students, housewives, middle and high school students participated in the Clean WORLD Movement, holding garbage bags, burlap bags and tongs on holiday. Seeing this, even nearby residents helped carry garbage and do clean-up activity. Children and teenagers who came with their families had the opportunity to experience volunteer activities, and adults like workers, university students and housewives who usually find it difficult to do volunteer service due to their daily busy work said that they felt great to participate in the environmental protection.

Their active volunteer service was reported on the news media in Mongolia, Cambodia, Nepal, etc. The Cambodian TV broadcasted the Clean WORLD Movement, delivering positive reviews, The clean-up enabled tourists and residents to pleasantly use the Mekong River which had been full of trash and debris and provided a good opportunity to inform the Phnom Penh citizens of the importance of the environmental protection

The WeLoveU Foundation said, Some changes through the Clean WORLD Movement appear little in every country. Not only in less developed countries and developing countries, but also in advanced countries like USA and Germany of which social security system is comparatively organized well, civic awareness changed citizens take action to protect environment. In Europe, the clean-up started in Germany and Netherlands, and gradually expanded to more regions and nearby countries like England, France and Italy.

Zahng Gil-Jah, Chairwoman of the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation, said, Though everyone has busy daily work, if many people put their short time and little effort in this at the same time, the whole world can be clean. We will not stop the step of love, wishing the people of the world to participate in the Clean WORLD Movement all together and make the world better and beautiful.

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation Develops Global Welfare Activity Through Mother’s Love

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation develops various welfare activities such as child welfare, youth welfare, senior citizen welfare, social welfare, emergency relief and so on for the people of the world who are suffering from wars, famine, earthquakes, etc. with the purpose of the fulfillment of human welfare with Mother’s Love.

The WeLoveU Foundation carries out welfare activities in various fields: the New Life Family Walkathon that started to help children with heart disease and incurable diseases and extended in size by helping other countries with water shortage, the New Life Concert that supports neighbors in need in and outside the country and multicultural families, etc. and the Blood Drive that helps patients in danger of their lives due to blood supply shortage. Being moved by their constant and heartfelt volunteer activities for our global neighbors, participants increases every year and experts in every field including officials of local government and ambassadors of other countries like Ghana, Cambodia, Gabon, etc. have been participating in it.

On March 26th, when the Gabonese president visited Rep. Of Korea to attend the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, the WeLoveU Foundation signed an agreement with the Gabonese Republic in the Middle West of Africa to cope with global climate change and to take action for environmental welfare activities together. It is very rare for a head of a country, who made a state visit to Korea, to make an agreement with a head of NGO in person. That day, Gabon’s President Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba said to the WeLoveU, You are the protagonists who take responsibility of the future of Korea. Let us maintain a better relationship from now on.

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation is going to hold the 14th New Life Family Walkathon to Help Climate Refugees Around the Worldwith about 12,000 participants in the Olympic Park, Se

West Hartford Jackson OKeefe Lawyer Kathryn M. Cunningham Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict in Personal Injury Action


Hartford, CT (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

On May 15, 2012 Attorney Cunningham obtained a favorable jury verdict at the Hartford Superior Court, docket number HHD-CV08-5021327-S. The jury deliberated for approximately 50 minutes prior to returning its verdict for Attorney Cunninghams client. The case arose out of a falldown that occurred on August 15, 2006 at approximately 6:00 p.m. on a public street. The plaintiff alleged that she was walking in the exercise of reasonable care on the sidewalk when she was caused to trip and fall due to the dangerous and/or defective condition of the sidewalk. She claimed that there was an irregular walking surface and/or a discrepancy in the heights of the brick sidewalk and curbing which caused her to fall. She claimed to have sustained various injuries as a result of her fall.

The jury found that the plaintiff had not established that the sidewalk was defective, and that was the end of its inquiry, said Cunningham. I am happy that the jury brought its common sense to the table in assessing the situation. Many sidewalks are not perfect in this state due to the varying weather conditions and other factors. The law only requires reasonable safety, and requires that pedestrians keep a look out and use reasonable care as they walk.

The firm congratulates Attorney Cunningham on this victory.

Attorney Cunningham has been a member of the Connecticut bar for 17 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1986 and a Masters degree from Trinity College in 1991, before graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law with her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1995, where she also received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Administrative Law. Since joining the firm in 1995, Attorney Cunningham’s practice has concentrated in the litigation of tort claims involving construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. She has successfully defended numerous employment discrimination claims brought in both the Superior Court and before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. A member of the Appellate Practice Group, Attorney Cunningham has also researched and drafted numerous appellate motions and briefs. Attorney Cunningham has received a BV rating from Martindale-Hubbell (High to Very High legal ability rating and Very High general ethical standards rating). She is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations. (Attorney Cunninghams full biography is available here: http://www.jacksonokeefe.com/attorneys/kathryn-cunningham.htm)

Jackson OKeefe (http://www.jacksonokeefe.com) is a general practice law firm of attorneys serving West Hartford, Wethersfield, Farmington, Southington and surrounding areas. The firm provides a broad spectrum of legal services to area residents and businesses, with the goal of providing the highest quality advocacy and counsel in a cost effective manner. Jackson OKeefe is one of Connecticuts oldest and most respected law firms and is known for its aggressive representation, with extensive experience in accident claims involving personal injury, as well as divorce, real estate and wills, probate and estate planning. The firm manages cases carefully to minimize expense and protect the interests of its clients. The firm has represented individuals and businesses throughout the area for over 50 years and is AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating Process. The Law Offices of Jackson OKeefe is also recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and several of the firms partners have been recognized as Connecticut Super Lawyers.

Recently the firms has sought to provide detailed, current events and legal information concerning texting and distracted driving accidents to area residents, to raise awareness of the threats and help West Hartford, Wethersfield, Farmington and Southington residents understand some of the legal issues involved in this emerging problem area of the law. More information about Connecticut law on these issues can be found here:http://www.jacksonokeefe.com/personal-injury/distracted-drivers-lawyers.htm)

The firm also serves as counsel to individuals in all matters related to divorce, including child custody, child support, property division, and asset protection. The firm provides comprehensive legal counsel to individuals in all matters related to residential real estate transactions. The firm will negotiate, review and prepare all residential real estate documents, including: buy/sell agreements, mortgages, notes, easements and other covenants, and closing statements. Jackson O’Keefe additionally provides legal counsel to many of Connecticut’s most successful land development companies, builders, and commercial property managers on a wide range of legal matters, including the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, land use and zoning issues, commercial leasing concerns, construction disputes and adjoining landowner issues. In the estate planning an probate area, the attorneys at Jackson O’Keefe work directly with clients and their financial professionals to facilitate the orderly distribution of estates and to determine the best options for safeguarding family wealth against high estate taxes. The firm also prepares all documents necessary to implement an estate plan, including: wills and trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and living wills. In addition, the firm handles all matters related to probate and estate administration, working with executors and personal representatives to settle estates and providing counsel on guardianships and conservatorships.







Farmington Jackson OKeefe Lawyer Philip R. Dunn, Jr., Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict in Personal Injury Action


Farmington, CT (PRWEB) March 08, 2013

On March 7, 2013, Jackson OKeefe partner, Philip R. Dunn, Jr., obtained a defendants verdict at the New Britain Superior Court in a personal injury action arising out of an accidental fall down. Attorney Dunn represented the owner of a two family house who was sued by a paper carrier alleging in his Complaint that she fell on an icy driveway in the early morning hours. The plaintiffs’ Complaint reveals that the house was leased to two tenants. Evidence presented at trial, specifically, the lease, established that the first floor tenant was responsible for snow and ice removal. In the Complaint, the plaintiff claimed that a gutter downspout next to the driveway deposited water on the driveway that froze. The plaintiff alleged in the Complaint significant personal injuries from the accident. In trial testimony, the plaintiff admitted that there was no ice present the day before and there was no evidence as to when the ice formed. There was no evidence of any rain leading up to the plaintiffs fall. Attorney Dunn submitted jury interrogatories asking whether the defendants had notice of the ice and an opportunity to remediate the ice prior to the plaintiffs early morning fall. In the interrogatories, the jury declined to find that the defendants had notice. A defendants verdict was entered for all defendants.

The firm congratulates Attorney Dunn on this victory.

Attorney Dunn grew up in West Hartford and currently resides in Farmington with his family. He handles personal injury and litigation matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Old Lyme, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County and Litchfield County.

More About Farmington Personal Injury Lawyer Dunn

Since joining the firm in 1988, Attorney Dunn has concentrated in the litigation of tort and contract claims, as well as employment litigation involving wrongful discharge, Title VII discrimination actions and age discrimination cases. He has wide experience litigating premises liability claims, including lead paint litigation, and is one of the few attorneys in Connecticut to try a lead paint poisoning case to a defendant’s verdict. Attorney Dunn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1985 and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Connecticut in 1988. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1988, to the U.S. District Court, District of the Connecticut in 1989, and to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1995. He is a member of the Hartford County and Connecticut Bar Associations, as well as the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. Attorney Dunn is frequently asked to act as an arbitrator and fact finder by the Judges of the Hartford and New Britain Superior Courts. Attorney Dunn currently serves as Chairmen of the Town of Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission. He previously served as a member and as the Secretary of the Commission for two years. Attorney Dunn has also serves as Farmingtons representative on the Capitol Region Council of Governments Regional Planning Commission.

Attorney Dunns full biography is available here.

Jackson OKeefe is a general practice law firm of attorneys serving West Hartford, Wethersfield, Farmington, Southington and surrounding areas. The firm provides a broad spectrum of legal services to area residents and businesses, with the goal of providing the highest quality advocacy and counsel in a cost effective manner. Jackson OKeefe is one of Connecticuts oldest and most respected law firms and is known for its aggressive representation, with extensive experience in accident claims involving personal injury, as well as divorce, real estate and wills, probate and estate planning. The firm manages cases carefully to minimize expense and protect the interests of its clients. The firm has represented individuals and businesses throughout the area for over 50 years and is AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating Process. The Law Offices of Jackson OKeefe is also recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and several of the firms partners have been recognized as Connecticut Super Lawyers.

Recently the firms has sought to provide detailed, current events and legal information concerning texting and distracted driving accidents to area residents, to raise awareness of the threats and help West Hartford, Wethersfield, Farmington and Southington residents understand some of the legal issues involved in this emerging problem area of the law. More information about Connecticut law on these issues can be found here.

The firm also serves as counsel to individuals in all matters related to divorce, including child custody, child support, property division, and asset protection. The firm provides comprehensive legal counsel to individuals in all matters related to residential real estate transactions. The firm will negotiate, review and prepare all residential real estate documents, including: buy/sell agreements, mortgages, notes, easements and other covenants, and closing statements. Jackson O’Keefe additionally provides legal counsel to many of Connecticut’s most successful land development companies, builders, and commercial property managers on a wide range of legal matters, including the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, land use and zoning issues, commercial leasing concerns, construction disputes and adjoining landowner issues. In the estate planning an probate area, the attorneys at Jackson O’Keefe work directly with clients and their financial professionals to facilitate the orderly distribution of estates and to determine the best options for safeguarding family wealth against high estate taxes. The firm also prepares all documents necessary to implement an estate plan, including: wills and trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and living wills. In addition, the firm handles all matters related to probate and estate administration, working with executors and personal representatives to settle estates and providing counsel on guardianships and conservatorships.

The case involved is pending at the New Britain Superior Court, DOCKET NO. HHB-CV-11-6009721-S.







Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Takes Action to Address Growing Problem of Food Allergy Bullying


McLEAN, VA (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the nations leading food allergy organization, released today a national educational program targeted at curbing food allergy bullying among children in the United States. One in 13 children in the U.S. roughly two in every classroom has a food allergy. Nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction, such as anaphylaxis, and approximately one-third of children with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. Nearly half the time, children with food allergies do not tell their parents that they have been bullied.

Bullying has a significant social and emotional impact on children with food allergies, said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. Research released earlier this year demonstrates it is important to identify and address cases of bullying proactively. The public service announcements released today mark an important step in educating and raising awareness of the physical dangers and emotional toll imposed by a new form of bullying in this country.

A study published in Pediatrics (January 2013) demonstrated that bullying is common in children with food allergies. Researchers concluded that this bullying is associated with lower quality of life and distress in both children and their parents. According to the study, when parents are aware of the bullying, the childs quality of life is better.

It is our hope that greater awareness of the serious and potentially life-threatening nature of food allergies will help children and parents understand that what can be seen as a prank actually is very harmful and potentially very dangerous, Lehr said.

Teen actor and former Shake It Up star Kenton Duty volunteered his talents for the PSA voiceover, since Kenton has publicly shared his own story of living with food allergies. Child actors were used in the PSAs to bring to life the feelings and stories of children with food allergies who have been bullied in an effort to protect their privacy. The PSAs are available in 90 and 30 second versions on http://www.foodallergy.org.

Food Allergy Awareness Week is being observed May 12-18 this year. More information, resources and awareness tools are available at http://www.foodallergy.org.

About FARE

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergy, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. or roughly two in every classroom. Formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FAREs mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. We do this by funding world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a potentially life-threatening and a growing public health issue. For more information, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

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Reference:

PEDIATRICS, Volume 131, Number 1, January 2013 Child and Parental Reports of Bullying in a Consecutive Sample of Children with Food Allergy. 10-17.







CPS- Impact Insurance Secures Grant For Washington Gorge Action Programs


White Salmon, WA (PRWEB) September 20, 2011

CPS- Impact Insurance (CPS- Impact) was recently awarded a $ 13K grant from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) to support the Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP). The grant will be used to help fund the WGAPs Character Counts program which is designed to provide at-risk youth the opportunity to realize their potential and set them up for success.

Since its founding in 1968, the Washington Gorge Action Programs have been offering a variety of programs and services to provide for the ongoing, emergency and crisis needs of both low and moderate-income individuals and families. In addition to these in-house services, WGAP offers information and referrals to other resources, agencies and organizations that provide additional types of services and programs.

The Character Counts program will teach at-risk youth the Six Pillars of Character including responsibility, respect, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and citizenship. The expectation of Character Counts is that by increasing a childs knowledge and understanding of good character, positive changes will occur. Risk factors leading to substance abuse, early sexual engagement and crime will be reduced by increasing self esteem, leadership skills and bonding with the local community.

This program will begin in October 2011 at the Community Youth Center and will be available for at-risk youth between the ages of seven and 17.

The NAILBA Charitable Foundation supports recognized charities that serve the needs of children in the US. The funds that are donated are collected from the 350 member agencies, like CPS-Impact, through donations and silent live auctions. In its nearly 10 years in existence, the NAILBA Charitable Foundation has given away more than a million dollars.

This is the second year in a row Jess Wardwell, Vice President of Marketing for CPS-Impact, has secured a grant for a White Salmon-based charity. While searching for a local charity this year I was introduced to Linda Schneider, WGAPs executive director. After we discussed the Character Counts program I was pleased to submit the grant application on behalf of WGAP. The quality of their program aligned perfectly with NAILBAs goals. We are very pleased to be able to help the community youth center broaden their scope and Im looking forward to seeing how this grant will benefit the children of our community.

CPS-Impact is a locally owned and operated insurance brokerage. CPS-Impact has been helping families and businesses find the most affordable Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance for over 30 years.

About Washington Gorge Action Program:

For more information about the Washington Gorge Action Program please visit http://www.wgap.ws/index.php

About CPS-Impact:

For more information about CPS- Impact please visit http://www.cpsinsurance.com/affiliates/affiliate-offices/white-salmon-wa.html.

About CPS Insurance Services:

CPS Insurance Services (http://www.CPSInsurance.com) has built a solid network and established a substantial presence across the USA as the leading provider of products, service and support in the insurance industry. Celebrating 37 years of continued success, CPS is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of affiliate agencies and individual producers providing a balanced mix of the latest information and technologies, along with years of industry knowledge and service expertise.

The CPS marketing team is equipped with CLU, ChFC, and LOMA designations, offering strategic and advanced consulting, case design and management, point of sale support, immediate turnaround proposal service, field underwriting expertise and application, licensing, and contract processing with status reports. By partnering with CPS, affiliates and producers have access to the best options available in the insurance and financial services industry. CPS understands the market and its ever-changing targets and delivers the level of service and support that each client expects and deserves.

CPS Insurance Services, established in 1974 – providing brokers with the top Companies, the most competitive Products, and the best Service in the industry. For all your insurance needs!

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