Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) June 28, 2010
MyBlueStarFlag.com announced that it is giving away five custom embroidered Blue Star Flags in honor of all of the military service men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. The flags are handcrafted by veteran and expert quilt maker, Dave England. Each month, from now until October, one winner will be selected to receive a custom flag. Anyone can enter to win by visiting, http://www.mybluestarflag.com/custom-blue-star-flag-giveaway-contest.
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) September 13, 2011
New Nurture Virtual Book Tour for Lynda M. Martin. Visit blogs and websites featuring L.J. and “This Bird Flew Away” from September 5th-30th, 2011 at http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=1786.
About “This Bird Flew Away”:
Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist – Literary Fiction.
What is real love? The whole world wants to know
They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, thats Jack. And it doesnt matter to her that shes nine and hes twenty-three not one bit.
When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, Jack and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, he fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.
About the Author:
Lynda was born in Dunfirmline, Scotland in 1953, emigrated to Canada with her parents as a young girl. She grew up on the vast prairies of Western Canada, and loved the open wide spaces of that wild land. She was educated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, a town in the southeast corner of that province, and spent most of her time riding horses, barrel racing and hanging around rodeos and cowboys http://www.lyndammartin.com/page1.
In 1968, the product of a troubled youth and a dysfunctional family, she found herself on her own at the age of fifteen, two thousand miles from her home, and knows first hand the dangers facing girls on our streets and the predators that prey on them. She was one of the lucky ones. She survived.
Later in life, she went east to Montreal for her education, graduating from the University of Montreal with a degree in Business Administration, which provided a fine income, but little in the way of personal satisfaction. Still in her twenties, she became a volunteer with social services to work with troubled teen-aged girls, and took every course the social agencies offered.
Soon, she became an outreach worker who worked with police, social agencies and charities, becoming a respected front-line worker, often initiating first contact with recovered abused and exploited children. Over the years, and in many different jurisdictions, this second career became the driving force of her life, which often took her into law-enforcement, child welfare agencies, prosecutors offices and the courts.
Lynda and her husband Jim make their home in the sunny state of Florida, and in her beloved Alberta. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Now retired from child protection work, Lynda is a full-time writer, editor, writing teacher and coach http://lyndammartin.blogspot.com/.
Join us for the “This Bird Flew Away” Nurture Virtual Book Tour, September 5th-30th, 2011 for a chance to enter and win copies of “This Bird Flew Away”, read author interviews, guest author posts and more.
For current tour dates and the full Book Tour schedule, please refer to the author’s Nurture Virtual Book Tour page at http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=1786.
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Santa Ana, California (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
In a factually fascinating case, one California Appellate Court has ruled that drug use, by itself, is not enough to take a child away from a parent within the context of a juvenile court proceeding, even when that drug use involves methamphetamine and marijuana.
The very recent appellate decision is called In re Destiny S., case number B239393. The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District in Los Angeles made the ruling.
Destinys mother told the L.A. Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) that she uses marijuana weekly but denied methamphetamine use. The mother however tested positive for methamphetamine the same day she denied use. The mother also failed a random drug test, at which time DCFS took the child from the mother and placed her with the maternal grandmother. There werent any direct issues with Destinys care. The only issue was the drug use.
The L.A. Superior Court held that the childs mother was in denial of her drug habit and that Destiny was at risk of physical harm. The mother appealed the decision.
The California appellate court disagreed and held steadfast to its reasoning that, absent actual evidence of serious physical harm or illness, evidence of drug use was not enough.
Some may decry this ruling and point to the methamphetamine use as being serious enough to take the child away from the parent. No one disputes how dangerous methamphetamine is and its serious adverse effects on the body and mind. But, this is where the line between juvenile court cases and family law is drawn.
Different standards in different courts. In family law, evidence of habitual or continued illegal use of controlled substances or even alcohol is sufficient for the court to protect the child. However, in a juvenile setting, serious risk of physical harm or illness is required. Thus, a parent who habitually uses methamphetamine can maintain custody in a juvenile case but potentially lose it if the other parent files a request, based on the same facts, in family court, Orange County divorce attorney, B. Robert Farzad explains.
Whether cases like In re Destiny S. and the reasoning behind the appellate decision could spill over into family law rulings remains to be seen. But Mr. Farzad doesnt think it will have an impact unless the legislature gets involved first.
Family law cases that involve drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. But since family law cases are private civil cases between spouses and there is no juvenile court involvement, it is less likely that juvenile decisions will impact family law. If the State wishes to make the laws related to drug use in family law cases less or more stringent, then the legislature will have to act.
It is unclear whether the In re Destiny S. case ever had a companion family law case. But there is some hopeful good news as Destinys mother tested negative for three consecutive months prior to the Superior Courts hearing.
About B. Robert Farzad: Mr. Farzad is a divorce attorney in Orange County, California. He is a partner at the law firm of Farzad & Mazarei which is located in Santa Ana, California. The three lawyer law firm represents divorce and family law clients in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.