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Family Law Firm Finds Women Are Taking Active Steps To Protect Children, Assets During Divorce

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

Nirenstein Ruotolo Group, P.L. C., one of Arizonas most prestigious family law firms, has found that more women are taking necessary steps to protect themselves, their children and their assets in case of divorce.

According to the National Vital Statistics Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control on March 31, 2006, over 18,660 Arizona marriages ended in divorce between January and September 2005, up slightly from previous years. As divorce rates continue to increase, women are becoming more actively involved in educating themselves about divorce and child and spousal support.

Women are more aware of protecting their rights during a divorce, said Alexander D. Nirenstein, NRGs managing member. Our job is to make sure our clients are educated and receive positive results in their cases.

NRG has consistently reached out to assist women in understanding their rights in a divorce. Fred Ruotolo, a founding partner of NRG, participated in the 2006 Arizona Familys Womens Expo. Ruotolo spoke to attending women about a range of topics related to family law and child custody.

The women in attendance at the Womens Expo inquired about an assortment of topics such as child custody, spousal support and property division, said Ruotolo. We were able to provide these women with empowering information, helping them make better decisions for their future and the future of their children.

NRG also hosts Arizonas source for blogging Web site information on family law. Arizona Family Law Blog is the definitive site for up-to-date information on cases that affect family law and divorce, interesting legal news from around the nation and in-depth answers to important family law questions. Visitors to http://www.azfamilylawblog.com can reply to any of the posted topics with questions or comments and receive responses from the lawyers at NRG.

About Nirenstein Ruotolo Group P.L.C.

Founded in 2003 by accomplished family law attorneys, NRG is a boutique family law firm that provides professional representation in Arizona divorce and family law litigation, mediation, appellate review and mental health and elder law services. NRG boasts nine experienced family law attorneys, two litigation analysts, four paralegals, and five support personnel. The firm represents many diverse clients, both in Arizona and nationally, and is one of the most-respected law firms in Arizona practicing divorce and family law exclusively. For additional information, please visit http://www.nrglaw.net.

For more information, contact:

Beth Glick (Crosby-Wright P.R.)(480) 367-1112

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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:

Children in Danger: The Terrifying X Factor in Family Law as Identified by Custody Calculations, a New Internet Web Site Company

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 2, 2006

A law enforcement officer for twenty-three years, Catherine MacWillie, Chief Executive Officer, of Custody Calculations, dealt daily with the issues pertaining to divorce and the family law court system. One of the more frightening results of the family law courts she came to witness was the ability of violent felons and convicted registered sexual offenders to receive unmonitored visitation, even obtain full custody of their children. Catherine identified the source of this loophole along with other revisions that should be made to the divorce process during the development of her company, Custody Calculations.

Catherine stated that it is her hope that the courts will implement the patented technology used in her new automated internet web site service to help the court recognize and rectify dangerous custody decisions that allow sexual predators to obtain custody of their children or have unmonitored visitation and other issues. She believes many of the changes that are needed in family law are simple and could occur now, today, without any change in the law. In some cases the reorganization of the court orders would be all that is needed. These small changes would have the added benefit of allowing families to recover faster from the divorce process than is now possible under the present system.

Ultimately these changes would also reduce the trauma, drama and devastation of divorce, minimize the number of valid court orders even provide for the use of such words as privacy and dignity in the divorce process. More immediate and pressing, these changes would act to protect and secure the safety of children.

Other changes would allow divorcing parties to control, for the first time who has what information and when during and after divorce just by reorganizing the court orders. By using the services developed by Custody Calculations, these changes and even more are now possible!

After spending many years on the front lines dealing with families, Catherine saw that the needs of families going through the divorce process were not being met. She sought answers. Research and development took ten years and included interviews both inside and outside the divorce process, business executives, judicial officers, and finance companies. She also reviewed issues related to workman’s compensation and interviewed hospital emergency room staff, evaluators, mediators, school administrators, families and children, police officers, detectives, including specialized and non specialized police units. During development, data and research was further pursued using books, tapes, video recordings and other periodicals and documents from the fields of psychology, parenting, social services, and even included statistics on bankruptcy and other related issues.

In the process of research, Custody Calculations, obtained a broader view of the true impact of family law on our entire social system. The company identified issues like the fact that twenty five percent of all crime in this country may be related to family law, including, homicides, suicides, abduction, kidnap, child abuse, domestic abuse, violation of court orders. Most of this has gone unnoticed by the general public and those within the family law court system.

So what is the loophole and how does it work? The current process of filing for divorce requires no submission of a criminal history. Why is this an issue? Many women have no knowledge of the background and/or criminal history of the men they marry or have children with something that became clear during interviews with specialized police units who deal with registered sexual offenders, rapists and pedophiles.

According to the detectives and officers interviewed these predators seek out – women with young children whom they can abuse, or they have children with women with the specific intent to rape and abuse these infants and children- even their own biological children! The woman with whom they live or those they marry do not have this information, therefore they are unable to provide it to the court during the divorce and custody process. Family law court needs this information as part of making an informed decision for the safety and welfare of the children.

While a majority of the time it is women who are victims of sexual predators, men would benefit from the submission of criminal history by the other party. Men marry women who have criminal backgrounds of which they are unaware of as well. While women are more often guilty of prostitution, drug, and alcohol arrests there are a very small number of women who are sexual predators or women who have been arrested for severe neglect or abuse of their children. Again without this information, the court cannot make an informed decision for the protection, safety and welfare of children.

While on the surface, this change would appear to be overwhelming and would require new legislation, it could be done with a minimum of effort and would ensure the safety of children protecting them from abusers which can hardly be argued against.

Criminal records, testimony or lack thereof, would be submitted by the parties at the onset of the divorce process without further costs or burden to the courts and would be notarized. Verification of the name, date of birth etc could be confirmed against the document. The information would become a part of the court record, to be filed and referred to with the rest of the necessary disclosures when determining custody.

To obtain additional information on this issue as well as all of the services of the Custody Calculations web site for attorneys, individuals, evaluators, mediators and others visit their promotion web site at http://www.custodycalculations.com or call them at 702-375-9389. Watch for their highly anticipated launch date of July 31, 2006.

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NoteNiks Debuts Ecology Software for Young Children

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) April 12, 2007

Sound Advice, makers of the award-winning NoteNiks product line, today announced the launch of “Respect Our Earth”: interactive software that teaches young children about taking care of the planet and “keeping green.”

According to Sound Advice, children as young as 5 years old — kindergarteners — are prime to begin to learn how simple things like recycling, composting, solar power and re-use are used to help protect the planet.

“It’s important, and easy, to teach these things to kids early on,” said Mindy Myers, CEO of Sound Advice. “Respect Our Earth is software that shows kids how to sort trash from recyclables, do simple things like turn off lights when not in use, and get a sense of how to care for their environmental surroundings. These simple lessons set the stage for a lifetime of good habits.”

Environmental concerns have become a global issue. While there are many organizations encouraging children in green activities, “Respect Our Earth” is the first piece of interactive ecology software that teaches while it entertains.

“Respect Our Earth is an engaging and fun-filled way for kids to learn about the environment. The characters are appealing and the content is a perfect supplement to any district or home-school science curriculum,” said Colleen Kessler, author of Hands-On Ecology: Real-Life Activities for Kids.

The software, created for kids age 5 – 10, teaches basic ecology through eight interactive games. Children learn about endangered animals, conservation methods, and where and how fuel alternatives such as wind and solar energy are used. It is through playing these games that children begin to understand the earth and its many resources.

“Teachers, parents and children will all enjoy learning about, and becoming advocates for, the environment with this fabulous program,” added Kessler.

In addition to the interactive games, “Respect Our Earth” software includes printable curriculum for teachers and home-schoolers, bonus activity pages, learning certificates and a built-in web browser with up-to-the-minute news about the environment.

Concluded Myers, “The sooner today’s kids learn to take care of the earth, the better chance we all have at a green tomorrow.”

The “NoteNiks Respect Our Earth” software is both PC and Mac compatible and available for purchase at http://www.noteniks.com. The software can also be purchased in smaller “Eco-packs” with subject-specific titles such as “Recycling” and “Energy”. These titles each contain two games and corresponding curriculum.

Other NoteNiks software titles include: “NoteNiks Healthy Eating & Exercise,” interactive games that teach 3 – 8 year olds about choosing a healthy diet that includes fruit, vegetables and exercise, and “NoteNiks Monthly and Weekly Menu Templates,” a year’s worth of monthly and weekly menu grids that can be customized for school and hospital food service directors. NoteNiks products have won awards from such reputable organizations as Dr. Toy, iParenting, Creative Child Magazine and more.

For more information, call: 510-547-0125 or visit http://www.noteniks.com.

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LegalZoom.com National Survey Finds Americans Still Lack Basic Protection; Three out of Four Parents Have Not Prepared a Last Will, Leaving Children Unprotected: One in Five Families Cites Guardianship Disagreements as a Deterrent to Preparing a Will

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) April 19, 2007

Keeping Children Safe, Happy and Healthy on TV’s ‘Real Moms’! What Can Britney Spears Do To Prevent Losing Custody of Her Kids?

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 26, 2007

It is an all too common story: innocent children finding themselves in compromising situations and parents not having the proper tools to face these challenges. Celebrity mom, Britney Spears is often criticized for her parental techniques. And though no-one can totally protect their children from every emotional upset, accident or illness, preventative measures can be taken to minimize the kids’ suffering, nonetheless. The award-winning series Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy offers parents insightful solutions in this weeks’ episode with a segment entitled, “How to Keep Kids Healthy” and investigate the “Effects of Divorce on Families” in an upcoming episode.

“Divorce is supposed to be the second worst trauma to a child – second only to the death of a parent”. States Dr Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist. This may well be a trauma Britney’s children have to face. LA County Department of Children and Family Services was called to Spears’ house twice recently in a two week period. Although, a stalker was thought to make the calls, it did send an alert to soon-to-be ex-husband Kevin Federline. “Kevin is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals,” said Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

How to Keep Kids Healthy provides tips and advice on how to help parents take care of their kids’ health and prevent the spreading of germs. Dr. Lillian M. Beard, featured expert and Pediatrician, says there are many things that parents can do in order to keep their kids happy and healthy. Starting with Breastfeeding, keeping newborns away from colds, washing hands for at least 20 seconds and limiting direct contact when older siblings have sniffles and sneezes are all steps towards keeping children healthy.

Real Moms is bridging the gap between the experts’ knowledge and caring for young children in the hope of minimizing the factors that make children suffer unnecessarily.

“Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy” airs Nationally on PBS affiliate stations (check local listings) and in New York on WLIW, Channel 21: Fridays at 2:30 pm EST and Saturdays at 7:00AM EST.

About “Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy”

“Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy” is an award-winning series made for Public Television. The content spans from Pre-Conception to Pre-K for both new and expectant parents with important social, life-style and health and wellness information. The series is supported by a community website at http://www.realsavvymoms.com featuring blogs, forums videos and the highly popular “Ask an Expert” section.

The series is produced by Morphogenix, LLC. ‘An Evolution in Brand Communications’. http://www.mgxmedia.com

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The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires Endows Foundation to Benefit Children with Craniofacial Disorders

Buenos Aires, Argentina (PRWEB) August 10, 2007

The SurgeryBA Foundation (SBAF) will improve the lives of children who would otherwise live with a facial deformity for the rest of their lives.

“Congenital craniofacial disorders affect more children every year than all childhood cancers combined.”*1 Ranging from cleft lip and palate to traumatic deformities, these treatable disorders have a tremendous negative impact on a child’s development, growth and future life.

To help children who cannot afford surgical procedures required to treat these conditions, The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires (SurgeryBA.com) has established the SurgeryBA Foundation (SBAF) — a non-profit charitable foundation exclusively dedicated to treating and caring of children with congenital malformations of the face and head, offering a lifeline to children who cannot afford treatment or are marginalized by the health insurance systems.

The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires, a leading full-service plastic surgery provider, will donate resources, expertise, medical procedures and logistical and technological support to the foundation.

“The SurgeryBA Foundation treats patients with congenital craniofacial abnormalities like: cleft lip & palate, hemifacial microsomia, Treacher-Collins Syndrome, Cranyosinostosis, Apert Syndrome, Crouzon Syndrome among others, as well as traumatic deformities and head & neck tumors,” explains Dr. Diego Steinberg, SBAF’s chief medical adviser. “By providing human and technological resources, the foundation’s programs are focused on the reintegration of patients into society as productive individuals.”

SurgeryBA’s Director, Rodrigo Benadon, sums up the spirit of the foundation: “When you treat a child of a facial deformity, you change that child’s life forever.”

About the company–

The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires is a medical tourism organization based in Buenos Aires, Argentina that offers personalized, comprehensive plastic surgery packages to international patients. Medical tourism, the process of traveling abroad to obtain medical procedures, has grown rapidly in recent years as patients face rising healthcare costs at home and find safe, more affordable, medical options abroad. In fact, Argentina has become one of the world’s leading destinations for plastic surgery.**2

Patients from across the United States, Canada, Europe and the rest of the world choose flying to Buenos Aires over performing the same procedures in their home country because the International Patient Care Center at The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires is a medical unit dedicated exclusively to serving foreign travelers seeking plastic and cosmetic surgery; the cost/quality ratio is unbeatable, and staff members are experts at addressing the unique needs of medical tourists.

A trip to The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires is not just a trip to the doctor, but a full mind-and-body healing experience that channels the beauty and culture of Buenos Aires and culminates in the total redefinition of body and spirit. Patients are cared for before, during, and after surgery by an expert team and a full suite of additional personal services is available, including a personal concierge, personal shopper, full spa facilities, language lessons and various tourist activities.

“Our patients can expect the same level of service, quality, and medical excellence that they would receive at home. In fact, you will find that SurgeryBA offers more support and services than you’re accustomed to at home, and at a much lower price,” say the Medical Directors of The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires.

Speaking with patients of The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires (http://www.surgeryBA.com), it is easy to understand why Argentina has become one of the world’s leading destinations for plastic and cosmetic surgery.

“It was a chance to redefine myself while on vacation at a very cool place” says Jennifer Blake, a ravishing financial analyst and mother of four, as she raves about her recent trip. “I opted for a combined procedures package — a tummy tuck, breast lift and breast implants package, with additional non-invasive procedures to enhance my overall results.” She continues, “I am so happy with the way I look now, it just gives new energy to everything I do. Plus, I got to do all this completely stress free, with the privacy I needed, away from my daily chores, at a beautiful vacation destination, for a lot less than a single plastic surgery procedure would have have been if I had done it at home.”

The value proposition of The Plastic Surgery Center of Buenos Aires comprises five points:

Survey Shows Parents Need To Do more To Protect Their Children Online

(PRWEB) September 20, 2007

Parents are relying too heavily on their children doing as they are asked to keep them safe online according to new research from UK broadband comparison service BroadbandChoices.co.uk.

84 per cent of parents polled across the UK said that they rate verbal agreement with their children on safe Internet usage as their number one means of monitoring online activity. This comes in the wake of a worrying Government report that one in four children has put themselves in potential danger by secretly meeting strangers they have contacted online1.

Michael Phillips, product director of BroadbandChoices.co.uk, said: “It’s surprising that so many people rely heavily on their child doing what they ask – it just isn’t going to happen in most cases and the Government’s research proves this.

“However, there are a few simple steps parents can take to bolster protection for their child when online. Rather than relying on a single approach, they should use parental control and security software, combined with education, to stop inappropriate material – and people – reaching their child.”

Our research shows that the top four ways parents monitor their child’s online activity are:

1. A verbal agreement to use the Internet safely (84 per cent)

2. The use of parental control software such as McAfee and Norton (63 per cent)

3. Restricting the amount of time children spend online (62 per cent)

4. Manually checking the computer to see what they have been doing online (59 per cent)

This represents a three-fold increase on a similar study carried out two years ago.

Behind their parents’ backs

The poll also asked children aged 11-16 what they had actually been doing online during the school holidays. The top three activities were:

1. Downloading music and photos (48 per cent)

2. Joining in with chat rooms and making new friends online (45 per cent)

3. Using social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook (40 per cent)

“The wide availability of the Internet has made ‘stranger danger’ omnipresent. Parents need to be made more aware of the simple checks that they could put in place to safeguard their children who are increasingly using the Internet to build new relationships.

“As well as the possible safety threats posed by the Internet, your child’s online activities could land you a bigger bill at the end of the month. With 48 per cent of children regularly downloading from the Internet, usage allowances could easily be exceeded and parents could find themselves out of pocket at the end of the month if they aren’t able to monitor it,” concluded Phillips.

BroadbandChoices.co.uk’s top five tips for protecting your children online

1. Parental control software: Some ISPs like AOL and BT offer parental controls as part of their service, while other users can get them with their antivirus and security suites. Parental controls allow you to block certain sites and keywords, apply different settings for different age groups and monitor your child’s online activity. You can also use the Messenger Plus! program to keep a log of conversations they might be having using Instant Messenger.

2. Education: Completely banning older children from the Internet is unlikely to stop them from using chatrooms and social networking sites, so instead, explain why they need to be careful on the Internet and make sure they know never to give out personal information or meet strangers without an adult around.

3. All on one PC: Keeping the family computer in the living room is a great way of ensuring that your children stay safe online. They’re far less likely to spend time in chatrooms or downloading illegally if their parents are in the same room. Also, make sure that you’re set as the administrator on any PC in the home, so that only you can change the settings on your parental control software.

4. Antivirus and firewall software: Using security software to protect your PC will also protect your child from spam emails with inappropriate content, and phishing emails where they could give out personal information including bank details.

5. Monitor downloads: If you’re concerned about the affect your children’s downloading is having on your monthly usage allowance, use a Broadband Download Monitor such as ours to keep an eye on downloads and set alarms to alert you when you near your limit.

BroadbandChoices.co.uk’s download monitor can be accessed at http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/broadband-download-monitor.html

About BroadbandChoices.co.uk: http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk

BroadbandChoices.co.uk is the second biggest broadband comparison service in the UK. Unlike other comparison sites, BroadbandChoices.co.uk doesn’t just focus on price but total package value. Consumers can now refer to this impartial Website to access the latest broadband advice and deals, to help them make the right choice.

What makes BroadbandChoices.co.uk different:

Most comprehensive range of consumer guides and advice
Emphasis on value rather than cost alone
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Detailed product information
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