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Divorce Seen As Biggest Challenge to Stable American Family Life, New Survey Reveals

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2006

Americans point to divorce as the biggest challenge to stable family life today, outpacing other factors (1) such as same-sex or dual-career couples, according to a new survey, The Changing Shape of the American Family. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Martindale-Hubbells lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, the survey is featured in the November issue of Redbook.

Nearly nine in ten (88%) of U.S. adults say divorce has a negative impact on maintaining a stable American family life. In comparison, 53 percent feel that way about same-sex couples, and 50 percent say dual-career households negatively impact families. Virtually all U.S. adults (99 percent) acknowledge that families have changed over the past generation, and 70 percent say those changes have been for the worse.

Clearly, many Americans are anxious about the forces that threaten family. They’re struggling to understand all this change and what it means for their own personal choices, but they also feel a lot of compassion toward other families that make different choices–or don’t have a lot of choices, said Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook.

Family Law Confuses Majority of Americans

The unease that many U.S. adults feel about non-traditional family arrangements could be compounded by their lack of familiarity with legal concerns that affect families. The survey shows that 85 percent say they are somewhat or not at all knowledgeable about basic family law issues.

Nontraditional families are evolving faster than laws can keep up. Many people now need to take special care to ensure that their family, particularly if its not a traditional nuclear arrangement, is protected financially and legally, said Alan Kopit, legal editor of lawyers.com, the most comprehensive and trustworthy online resource for finding lawyers.

Among the documents Kopit recommends adults consider are wills, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and powers of attorney.

If you are a grandparent caring for grandkids, or if youre the primary caregiver to minor step-children, you likely have different legal rights and responsibilities than those raising kids in nuclear families, said Kopit. Its important to seek out legal information and counsel to ensure your family is protected.

Todays Typical American Family

The following data from the survey reveals the make-up of American families:

–One-half of all U.S. adults are currently living with a spouse or opposite-sex partner;

–Thirty-six percent of those married or living with a partner currently live with their biological children;

–Nearly one in five (19%) U.S. adults with at least one child in the household also have one non-immediate family member living there (such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent);

–Parental ties are strong: nearly half (45%) of single, never-married U.S. adults live with at least one biological parent; and

–Some Americans go solo: nearly one-in-five (17%) of all adult Americans live alone.

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Survey Sample and Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, between August 16 and 23, 2006 among 1,092 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, household income, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents propensity to be online.

With a pure probability sample of 1,092, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of + / -4 percentage points. Sampling error for sub samples would be higher and would vary. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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American Kennel Club Offers Suggestions for Obama’s New “Number Two” : AKC Selects Short List of “Canine Candidates” and Enlists America’s Help to Choose the Right Dog Breed for the Obama Family @ http://www.presidentialpup.com


NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 2, 2008

“Deciding what breed to get is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The first step in being a responsible pet owner is to do some serious and careful research to determine which breed of dog is right for you and your family.”

The Obama family will be adding a dog to their household for the first time, but according to an Associated Press survey Republican Presidential nominee John McCain and his wife already have 24 pets, including four dogs. The “McCain canines” are an English Springer Spaniel named Sam, two Yorkshire Terriers named Lucy and Desi, and a mixed-breed named Coco. Making up the rest of McCain’s menagerie are a cat, two turtles, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish.

As for a breed for the Obamas, the AKC has scoured all of the “canine candidates” to assess each breed’s credentials as potential “first pet.” Choices were narrowed significantly due to their daughters’ allergies. Therefore, AKC experts made the selection from their list of hypoallergenic breeds.

In the true spirit of doggy democracy, the AKC is asking Americans to vote on the breed they think the Obama family should select. The short list of “canine candidates” chosen by the AKC are:

The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shon Free-ZAY) A small yet sturdy dog with a white, loosely curled double coat, Bichons are naturally sociable. They have a self-assured temperament and are likely to get along with just about everyone (including members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation). Their active, alert and curious personalities make them easy to train, and the breed’s history of being a companion to noblemen in the courts of 16th-century France have primed it for a high-profile life in the White House. Learn more at http://www.akc.org/breeds/bichon_frise/. The Chinese Crested Their Chinese and African heritage makes for an exotic pedigree, and with its unique appearance it’s certain to turn heads. Coming in two varieties, hairless and the powderpuff, Cresteds are lively, playful and alert dogs with plenty of energy. While they are exceptionally loving and affectionate with children, they are only appropriate for mature children who can be taught to handle this diminutive breed gently and responsibly. Learn more at http://www.akc.org/breeds/chinese_crested/. The Poodle – Although often considered high-maintenance show dogs, Poodles are exceptionally smart and athletic. They excel in obedience training and even as hunting companions. The breed comes in three sizes. While their coat does require frequent grooming, their intelligence and versatility more than make up for the extra care. The Poodle is currently the eighth most popular breed in the U.S., according to AKC registrations statistics (AKC

American Jewish World Service Announces Latest Docket

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 21, 2008

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) today announced that it has awarded in its most recent grant review more than $ 3.8 million in grants to 154 organizations in 27 countries throughout the developing world. These recent grants, totaling $ 3,887,786, are divided into five umbrella funds, which include Sustainable Livelihoods and Development, Community Health, Community Voice, Education for All, and Community Engagement in Conflicts and Emergencies.

As part of this docket, AJWS will be awarding grants related to education in conflict-affected countries in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative as well as grants providing opportunities to adolescent girls through support from the Nike Foundation.

AJWS’s mission is to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among poor people in developing countries regardless of race, religion or nationality. Seventy-five percent of the grantees that will be receiving money from AJWS as a result of this review have annual budgets of less than $ 300,000 and most rely on AJWS for at least 60 percent of their funding.

Recipients of AJWS funding include grassroots organizations working in their communities to promote social change and to address the fundamental causes of poverty, discrimination and injustice. These organizations ensure access to basic services, such as education and health, while assisting individuals to develop livelihoods that will provide them with the means to support their families and contribute meaningfully to the development of their communities.

“We believe that grassroots organizations are best positioned to transform communities; human rights are essential to the process; women are critical drivers of change; and that, ultimately,

marginalized communities must be able to mobilize from within,” said Ruth W. Messinger, President of AJWS. “All of our grants reflect our core values and our grassroots approach to community and human development.”

Highlights include:


Community Health –

AJWS will be awarding a grant to the Imana Association to support a pilot project in Nigeria addressing poverty among HIV-affected widows and orphans. The focus of the project is to reduce stigma faced by these community members by promoting state responsibility around human rights and by providing basic healthcare and education. Another community health project that AJWS will be supporting is Mujeres de Anta, a group in Peru that is focused on helping community members effectively organize and pursue reparations for the forced sterilization of indigenous women in the 1990s.

Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Development –

In its grantmaking, AJWS continues to emphasize land and labor rights for indigenous people. For example, AJWS will be awarding a grant to Gaon Ganrajya Abjiyan, a network of peoples’ organizations mobilizing tribal and rural communities across four states in India to assert their livelihood rights in an era of globalization that has had devastating consequences for the land and resources of indigenous groups. In Senegal, AJWS is supporting the efforts of Green Senegal to help small-scale farmers and community-based agricultural groups improve their farming capacities through training in drip irrigation.

Community Voice –

Among the new grantees AJWS will be supporting is Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) in Uganda. CEDOVIP will be using AJWS support to continue its work in educating communities on the link between the spread of HIV and domestic violence. AJWS will also award a grant to Independent Advocacy Project of Nigeria which advocates for increased transparency and accountability in public HIV/AIDS funding.

Education for All –

AJWS’s first new grant under the Clinton Global Initiative will go to the Alianza Maya para la Educacion Popular in Guatemala, a network of eight community-based organizations dedicated to providing high-quality, bi-cultural education for indigenous children. In Kenya, as part of the Nike Grassroots Girls Initiative, AJWS will be awarding a renewal grant to the Education Centre for the Advancement of Women, which will conduct an empowerment camp to improve adolescent girls’ understandings of sexual and reproductive health.

Community Engagement in Conflicts and Emergencies –

In Colombia, where one out of four para-military soldiers is under 18 years of age, AJWS will be supporting Picaho con Futures, which reintegrates youth soldiers into society by building their capacity to participate in public policy and democratic processes and by fostering inter-generational learning exchanges with adult organzations. AJWS is also initiating a partnership with Centre for Child Rights and Development, a group in India that develops neighborhood child protection committees to prepare children in the event of future disasters.

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Study Proves American Teens are at Serious Risk

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 21, 2009

The highly anticipated results of a country-wide yearlong study on teenagers and internet dangers were announced yesterday. The study, which was ordered by 49 state attorneys general, has been met with serious media buzz- as many found the findings both telling and alarming. While most U.S adults have known for years that teens face potentially dangerous situations every time they log on, the attorney general research project demonstrated that the risks presented to children online are, in fact, frighteningly similar to those they will face in the real world.

Emily Steel’s January Wall Street Journal article, “No Easy Answer for Protecting Kids Online” highlights this concerning trend among websites frequented by teenagers. Abuse, bullying, hatred and pornography crowd the internet; and no where are they more prevalent, or more dangerous, than on sites geared towards teens. According to the internet danger study, there is a serious debate over who should carry the brunt of the burden for keeping kids safe. It is a bitter tug of war between parental activist groups and web technology companies.

“Clearly, the main responsibility is on parents. (But) because technology companies are providing this gathering space and encouraging children to come, they have a duty to put in place technologies that can help protect kids.”

Attorney General Roy Cooper, North Carolina (WSJ)

So the majority of the responsibility for keeping children safe falls squarely where it always has: on a parent’s shoulders. But as today’s economic crisis forces more parents to put in extra time at work, while chat and networking websites continue to dominate the teenage social scene, there has to be a place for adults to turn for help.

As traditional internet safety and watch dog services continually fall short of their promises, concerned parents and activists have begun to seek out a more comprehensive program. Research, including the 2007-2008 attorney general study, has shown the most effective approach to be that of a fully managed internet filtering service. A parent guided, expert controlled, customizable safety net that gives adults more control, while taking some of the burden from them and keeping them informed.

Leading safety blogs like Block-Porn.Org agree with the study’s assessment, calling for new options in the battle for children’s online safety. With literally hundreds of new pornography, hatred, and gambling sites appearing every week, even the most diligent parent is likely to miss something. A recent Block- Porn blog post introduced parents to a new type of parental control: the artificial intelligence method.

No longer relegated to science fiction novels, AI is revolutionizing the way parents control what comes into their homes. These fully managed internet services, like the immensely popular My Internet Doorman (http://www.myinternetdoorman.com), let parents set the rules and boundaries, and then the experts take over the implementation process. In other words, they pick up where other services fall short. Instead of cookie cutter filters that block everything, all the time, or the easily bypassed password system, these managed services give parents the final say. Allowing certain things, blocking others- even shutting down the internet completely during certain hours provides more peace of mind for worried adults, while still allowing internet exploration for curious teens.

Internet dangers are not going anywhere. In fact, if this study is any indication, the situation is only going to get worse. The key, at least for now, is to keep the lines of communication open, while finding a service that can help you manage what your child is exposed to.

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Snow Stroller a Boon for North American Moms This Winter


Toronto, ON (PRWEB) January 18, 2010

The Snow Stroller is making it easier and more enjoyable for North American moms and dads to take their young children for walks in wintery conditions. Whether its a trip to the corner supermarket or making it to a play date in the park, the Snow Strollers lightweight tube design of parallel horizontal runners cuts easily through soft or impacted snow and takes the frustration out of getting around with snow-bound or frozen traditional stroller wheels or unsafe drag-behind sleds.

Originally invented to combat winter walking conditions in cold European climates, the Snow Stroller is constructed using durable yet lightweight stainless steel tubing to glide like a sled through a variety of snowy and slushy conditions. The rounded tubes distribute weight evenly and flow effortlessly across or through just about any type of terrain, avoiding the aggravation associated with traditional strollers on wheels getting stuck in deep snow. A nylon three-way safety harness keeps the child safe and secure in the Snow Stroller, and the seat reclines to make in-transit napping more comfortable. To keep the child warm and cozy on really cold days, a detachable wraparound boot keeps out wind and weather. An extendable tent provides even more protection from falling or blowing snow.

Parents push the Snow Stroller from behind, like a traditional wheeled stroller, and do not have to compromise on keeping their child in view at all times as they would pulling a traditional snow sled. The Snow Stroller moves from sidewalk to car trunk with a few easy folds while avoiding slush-filled wheels to contend with or clean up. We have the Graduate model and are totally impressed with it, says Kara. It is bright, totally simple to unfold and get ready. The baby loves going for a ride around the block and it works like a charm. Thanks for the winter fun!

Snow Strollers put the enjoyment back into winter walks with a young child, and can be readily purchased online. To view the complete suite of Snow Stroller products and to get more information, visit http://snowstroller.ca. A 100% satisfaction guarantee is offered, and additional copies of the User Manual can be quickly downloaded from the website.

About Snow Stroller Canada

Snow Stroller is distributed by Snow Stroller Canada, which was founded to provide high-quality products and support services to consumers wanting to make it easier to enjoy activities in winter with their young children. The company offers a selection of product styles to suit a variety of needs and budgets.

For more information about the Snow Stroller, please contact:

Alex Soloviev, Sales Manager

Snow Stroller Canada

13035 Yonge Street, Suite 2332

Richmond Hill, ON

Canada

L4E 1A5

1.866.766.2394

info(at)snowstroller(dot)ca

http://snowstroller.ca

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American Youth Football & Cheer Announces Launch of Comprehensive Online Registration Service


Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 7, 2011

American Youth Football & Cheer (“AYF”), the world’s largest youth football and cheerleading organization, today unveiled an exclusive, secure online registration and roster management service for AYF families, coaches and volunteers.

Each of AYF’s 17,800 member teams will now be able to process registrations and payments, manage rosters and facilitate background checks on coaches, officials and league volunteers using proprietary technology developed by SportsSignup, a national provider of online sports registration services.

The new service is accessible through the AYF homepage or the websites of affiliated leagues and will be overseen and operated by AYF administrators.

AYF has 625,000 participants and affiliated leagues in all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and Asia. Several of its member organizations already were clients of SportsSignup, whose software and services have helped more than 1,500 youth sports organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

SportsSignup will provide its robust registration platform, software support and database management services for AYF. “SportsSignup’s package of services aligned perfectly with AYF’s mission to minimize paperwork and other registration obstacles while also ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants,” said Joe Galat, president of AYF.

“This is a watershed moment in our history, and it would not have been possible without the track record and reputation we have established for outstanding quality and service,” said Anthony Bruno, CEO of SportsSignup. “We’re grateful for the confidence and trust American Youth Football & Cheer is showing in our people and our products, and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship and our services in the months and years to come.”

SportsSignup, headquartered in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., facilitates several hundred thousand registration transactions each year for youth sports programs as well as individual events such as road races. In 2010, it surpassed $ 100 million in secure online credit card transactions.

“This new service allows our parents, coaches and volunteers to spend more time parenting, coaching and serving, and much less time filling out and collecting forms,” said Mr. Galat. “We’re taking what had been a major time commitment and reducing it substantially while taking additional steps to protect everyone involved. We see it as an extremely positive step for AYF and all of its families.”

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e-Cycle to Donate $1 to JDRF for Every Mobile Phone Recycled in Celebration of America Recycles Day and American Diabetes Month


Hilliard, OH (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

Wireless mobile buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC is launching an e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes campaign and will donate $ 1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for every mobile phone sold or recycled from Nov. 14 through the 23.

e-Cycle CEO,Chris Irion, said the goal of the promotion is to help raise awareness and support for two causes that are close to his heartAmerica Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and American Diabetes Month (November). Irion said that he hopes the campaign will encourage organizations to recycle their used mobile devices responsibly in November and also help support a critical research fund dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating disease.

As a father with a child suffering with Childhood Diabetes, I know first hand the difficult challenges that families face in fighting a deadly and life-changing disease, while also trying to maintain a normal and healthy family life, Irion said. e-Cycle was founded on three principals: a love of technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving. Our e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion touches all three of our passions and I hope businesses will join us in our cause.

How the e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion works:

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For National Poison Prevention Week, American Association of Poison Control Centers Warns That Children Act Fast, and So Do Poisons


Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2012

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is cautioning parents, grandparents and caregivers that poisonings children act fast, and so do poisons, according to Debbie Carr, AAPCC executive director.

About half of all poison exposures involve children younger than 6, most often occurring when parents are busy preparing meals. Poisonings also occur when the normal routine changes during holidays or while moving, visiting or traveling, Carr said. The 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to stress the importance of poison-proofing your home to keep your children and grandchildren safe.

Since 1962, the third week in March has been designated National Poison Prevention Week and has focused national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Americas 57 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services. Poison centers respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances.

In 2010, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.9 million calls, including nearly 2.4 million calls about human exposures to poisons. In children, about 40 percent of poisonings involve medicines; the other 60 percent of poisonings in children involve products such as plants, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, pesticides, paints and solvents. Poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children, with peak incidences occurring between ages 1 and 3.

The experts at Americas 57 poison centers urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to take the following steps to keep children safe from poisonings:

Inspect your home and garage to make sure medicines, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers are stored up high, away and out of sight of children.
Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine candy to get them to take it.
Dont leave medicines or vitamins on counters, window sills, bedside tables or the refrigerator top.
Take your medicine where children cant see you; they may try to imitate you.
Teach children to always ask an adult before eating, drinking or touching anything.
Keep cleaning products and household chemicals in their original containers with their original labels intact.
Keep batteries out of a childs reach. Call your local poison center right away if a child swallows a battery.
Keep magnetic toys and other magnetic items away from small children. Call your local poison center right away if you think a child has swallowed a magnet.
Know the name of all household plants in your home; remove any poisonous plants from your house and yard.
Remember that child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal and lock up, out of sight and reach.

For more information, the media may contact Loreeta Canton, AAPCC communications manager, at 703.894.1863 or canton@aapcc.org or Brett Schuster, communications assistant, at 703.894.1859 or schuster@aapcc.org.

The AAPCC supports the nations 57 poison centers in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, the AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. The AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as EPA, HRSA and the CDC, as well as private industry.

To learn more, visit http://www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or read our blog at aapcc.wordpress.com.

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