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Lone Star Expeditions Celebrates Five Years of Helping Teens through Wilderness Therapy

Groveton, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2007

Lone Star Expeditions, a licensed outdoor treatment program for troubled teens, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Based in east Texas, the program offers students outdoor experiential therapy as they navigate through ropes courses, learn wilderness skills, and periodically return to a permanent base camp that allows the program’s licensed therapists a more effective means of assessment, intervention and aftercare.

“Lone Star is thrilled to be celebrating our five year anniversary of helping kids discover their potential,” says Mike Bednarz, executive director of Lone Star. “We remain focused on reuniting families and helping teens succeed in leading more positive lives, and look forward to continuing in this great tradition.”

Wilderness programs like Lone Star afford teens who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, attention, or learning problems an opportunity to be free from modern distractions, allowing them to simplify choices, gain insight into their values, and learn to accept responsibility for their decisions. As they progress through the program’s level system, students experience success and develop healthy self-esteem.

Lone Star is often considered the alternative to boot camps. Students, whose ages range from 13-17 years, spend their time hiking and camping, and participating in high and low ropes course activities with trained facilitators. The program emphasizes keeping parents connected and involved through weekly telephone planning sessions with their child’s therapist, parent therapy and reading assignments, contact with their child through the exchange of letters, and progression through Lone Star’s four Family Expedition Phases that mirror their child’s progress. The program’s flexible length of stay allows students and families to fully prepare for the next step in the therapeutic process whether transitioning to a residential boarding school or returning home.

Lone Star Expeditions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and recently received Woodbury Reports’ “Excellence in Education Award” for their outstanding reputation for producing positive and consistent results with at-risk children and their families.

Lone Star Expeditions is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736. To learn more about Lone Star Expeditions visit http://www.lonestarexpeditions.com or call (866) 573-2002.

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HelpMeSue.com Launches Service Helping Americans Find Attorneys and File Lawsuits

San Francisco (PRWEB) April 14, 2008

Today HelpMeSue.com (http://www.HelpMeSue.com) announced the commercial launch of its new service to quickly connect Americans with legal disputes to concerned citizens and lawyers who can help. Officially launching on April 14th, 2008, HelpMeSue.com is designed to help average Americans test the merits of potential lawsuits easily and anonymously, while driving high-quality leads to partner law firms.

CASA of Cook County Launches a New Initiative Helping Older Youth Who are Preparing to Age Out of Foster Care


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 7, 2009

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County presents Filling the Gaps: Creating Stepping Stones to Success for Older Youth, a symposium launching its new initiative, Creating Independent Transitions for Youth (CITY). The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Amy Dworsky, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. Dworsky will discuss “National Review of Policies and Program Supporting Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care” and “Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth.”

Filling the Gaps: Creating Stepping Stones to Success for Older Youth is a free event, thanks to a generous grant from the Louis R. Lurie Foundation. Registration is available at http://www.casacookcounty.org

Because Every Child Deserves a Safe Permanent Home

About the CITY Initiative

There are approximately 3,000 abused and neglected youth age 16 and older in the Child Protection Division of Cook County Juvenile Court.

CASA of Cook County developed CITY in response to the alarming number of abused and negelcted youth in Cook County who are preparing to age out of foster care without permanent homes and support. CITY recruits, trains and supervises volunteer Advocates to work with foster youth age 16 and older to evaluate their individual needs and determine-with the assistance of the court and all involved parties-the services and tools needed to reflect each young person’s individual goals of independence. Volunteers monitor the youth’s current living situation for safety and appropriateness and help youth reconnect with extended family members in order to develop long-term supportive relationships.

Youth benefit from having a CITY Advocate in multiple ways. Because each volunteer is assigned to only one case at a time, the youth receive the individual attention they deserve and are able to build a trusting relationship with their volunteer. Through regular and direct communication between the youth and Advocate, the youth’s wants, needs and desires for their future are clearly communicated to the court. Most importantly, youth begin to understand how to advocate for themselves and how to become successful, productive members of their communities.

About CASA of Cook County

For nearly 25 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been helping abused and neglected children involved in the Juvenile Court and foster care system of Cook County. CASA of Cook County provides caring volunteer advocates to make a life-long difference for children.

Advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to one case at a time, serving as an independent voice for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for these children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive appropriate services and treatment by independently monitoring a child’s situation, identifying community resources, and participating in the court process.

For more information, visit http://www.casacookcounty.org

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The Zalkin Law Firm’s Response to the Newsday Article that Advocates Protecting Church Money Over Helping Sexual Abuse Victims

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 2, 2009

Irwin M. Zalkin, an attorney helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse across the country, has taken on the editors of Newsday. “The Newsday Editorial of April 24 2009, entitled “Keep the State out of the Church,” calls for the State Legislature to abandon the principle of accountability to survivors of the historical scourge of childhood sexual abuse,” stated Zalkin. As Zalkin explains: “While conceding that the Catholic Church harbored sexual predators, the Newsday editors argue that due to the passage of time survivors of this wrongful conduct should not be provided their day in court. Under the editors’ reasoning, neither judge nor jury should be allowed to weigh the evidence of such wrongful harboring of predators and the damage it caused. Instead, due to the mere fact that one day has followed another, survivors, their families, their employers, and society at large must pay for the cost of the damage. Damage inflicted by religious corporations when they committed wrongful acts in their dealings with pedophiles, ephebophiles, and children.”

The editors’ objection to allowing civil actions for past abuse is grounded in the claim that: “Experience has taught us that memories fade, witnesses die and evidence can’t be found.” In response, Zalkin challenges that assertion: “If the passage of time has so damaged the claims of the survivors that they should be denied a fair and open hearing, then how is it that the editors can so boldly print as fact that Catholic Church harbored sexual predators? It is because sufficient evidence of these crimes still exists.”

Zalkin offers the report of the Suffolk County Supreme Court, Special Grand Jury Report, released in February of 2003, as proof that the evidence of these crimes still exist. “In the Diocese of Rockville Center, average citizens, members of a grand jury, armed with subpoena power were able to uncover substantial evidence, both in the form of documents and percipient witness testimony, of the historical fact of childhood sexual abuse committed by religious leaders in their community,” explains Zalkin. “The grand jury uncovered evidence that the local diocese had protected at least 58 abusive priests. The diocese engaged in aggressive tactics that purported to help victims and their families but that actually used intimidation, claims of confidentiality, hush payments, and other means to cover-up abusive conduct.”

Zalkin asserts that “The citizens of the grand jury could not have been any clearer in their February 03 report stating: ‘The Grand Jury concludes that officials in the Diocese failed in their responsibility to protect children. They ignored credible complaints about the sexually abusive behaviors of priests. They failed to act on obvious warning signs of sexual abuse including instances where they were aware that priests had children in their private rooms in the rectory overnight, that priests were drinking alcohol with underage children and exposing them to pornography. Even where a priest disclosed sexually abusive behavior with children officials failed to act to remove him from ministry,’ and ‘The grand jury concludes that the history of the Diocese of Rockville Centre demonstrates that as an institution they are incapable of properly handling issues relating to the sexual abuse of children by priests.”’

“Should everyone, other than the responsible parties, be left to pay for the damage caused by the manner in which the Diocese failed to supervise the 58 men identified by the Grand Jury?” asks Zalkin in response to the position advanced by the Newsday editors.

The editors conclude their analysis by warning that the Legislature risks permitting a secular legal system to decide what a religious community owes its aggrieved faithful. Zalkin responds to that conclusion by stating that: “The United States Supreme Court teaches that even religious conduct can be regulated for the protection of society. There is no valid argument that the sexual abuse of children is beyond review of civil courts simply because the offending hands and minds are otherwise ordained for the service of God. In crying against civil review of religious entities the editors miss the point that the offending entities have availed themselves of the privileges and benefits of civil incorporation under the laws of the State. Through those incorporations, the entities have chosen to operate under, and be subject to, the civil justice system. Rather than crushing the principle of accountability, the editors should express a bit more faith in the abilities of the members of their readership, local citizens serving as judges and juries, to do what is right in light of available evidence.”

With offices in New York and San Diego, The Zalkin Law Firm is one of the premier sexual abuse and personal injury law firms in the country. The firm’s lawyers have achieved groundbreaking results in numerous high-profile clergy abuse cases across the United States. Mr. Zalkin has negotiated over $ 200 million in settlements in Catholic clergy sex abuse cases.

Mr. Zalkin is available to speak to the media about clergy sexual abuse and the Child Victim’s Act of New York (A2596). Please call Lisa Maynes (212-889-1300) to arrange interviews. To speak to Mr. Zalkin about legal representation, please call The Zalkin Law Firm (212-889-1300).

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Minneapolis-based CornerHouse Marks 20th Anniversary of Helping Sexually Abused Children Around the World

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 29, 2009

In August 1989, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the site of what was to become one of the first child advocacy centers in the nation, CornerHouse. Since that day CornerHouse has become a groundbreaking organization, improving the way child abuse is investigated around the world.

CornerHouse conducts forensic interviews and non-emergency medical examinations for children and vulnerable adults who report sexual abuse or witness a violent crime. CornerHouse’s pioneering interview protocol is recognized by the Minnesota State Supreme Court and has been adopted by the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

“While difficult to imagine, it wasn’t until the 1960s when our society began to truly recognize and deal with the painful issue of child sexual abuse. Until that time, there were minimal public services to report, document and prosecute child sexual abuse,” said Thomas Frost, executive director of CornerHouse. “CornerHouse was established in 1989 to be a safe place in our community for skilled, dedicated and compassionate professionals to interview child victims of sexual abuse and violence.”

CornerHouse’s Internationally Recognized Interviewing Protocol

Since it was founded in 1989, CornerHouse has trained more than 22,000 professionals around the world as mandated reporters and on its interviewing protocol. CornerHouse interviews approximately 500 children each year.

“CornerHouse had revolutionized the way child abuse is investigated,” said Frost. “Instead of a child being interviewed over and over at multiple professional offices, CornerHouse’s interviewing protocol puts the child’s needs first. Now, the professionals come to the child-friendly environment at CornerHouse where a single recorded interview meets the needs of all investigators.”

CornerHouse Interview Specialists interview a child in one room while members from law enforcement, child protection and the prosecutor’s office observe through closed circuit television from another room. Coordinating the interview between the various offices reduces the number of interviews the child must endure, thereby reducing stress and trauma on the child. The interviewer conducts the interview with attention to the child’s development, cognitive, social and emotional levels. Age-appropriate questions, drawings and anatomical dolls help children describe their experiences.

CornerHouse statistics and research indicate that between 50 and 60 percent of all cases accepted for charging for adult criminal court have resulted in a guilty plea, eliminating the need for costly trials.

20th Anniversary Gala, September 19

In its 20th year of helping children and families, CornerHouse is marking the occasion with a gala event on Saturday, September 19, honoring founding members Tom Johnson and Mary Ellison. The 20th Anniversary Gala will be held at the Golden Wings Museum at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minn. The evening will feature helicopter and airplane rides, live jazz music and tours of the rare and one-of-a-kind antique airplanes at the museum. Tickets can be purchased for $ 85 at http://cornerhousegala.eventbrite.com. The event is open to the public.

CornerHouse Ambassadors

This past year, a team of CornerHouse Ambassadors has been asked to raise awareness of child abuse prevention and the important role of CornerHouse in our community. Ambassadors have been asked to distribute safety information cards to help adults who may be in a position to help a child, promote and participate in fundraising opportunities, speak in a public forum about CornerHouse and contribute to 20th anniversary activities.

About CornerHouse, http://www.cornerhousemn.org

CornerHouse is a public-private partnership organized as a non-profit agency. It provides forensic interviews and medical examinations for children and vulnerable adults suspected of being physically or sexually abused. CornerHouse hears the cries of approximately 500 children each year. Opened in 1989, CornerHouse works with police, child protection and prosecutors to provide the highest quality and most reliable information and evidence regarding allegations of abuse. CornerHouse also provides training locally, nationally and internationally.

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Santa gets a Helping Hand from St Margarets Traders


St Margarets, Twickenham, London (PRWeb UK) November 30, 2009

Children in the St Margarets and surrounding area are from now, until after the St Margarets Christmas Fair on Sunday 6 December, able to post their letters to Santa without fear of postal strikes or delivery disruptions getting in the way. The service is looking for a 48 hour response rate.

Following a letter received from Santa earlier this month, the St Margarets Traders Association have agreed to help Santa and his trusty elves with the huge amount of post he receives from boys and girls in the St Margarets area. Once Santa has replied to a child’s letter, it will be whizzed back to St Margarets (via Elf Air) where the traders have arranged for his replies to be available for pick-up by the local children. Christmas made easy!

Santa wrote in his latest letter to the St Margarets Traders Association:

“My postbag from St Margarets is always bulging with letters from the local boys and girls so I really am grateful for the assistance. Thank you local traders of St Margarets for all your help!”

Look-in Video in Crown Road, St Margarets, have one of Santa’s special North Pole post boxes so the boys and girls can post their letters to him.

Santa goes on to say:

“Give me a couple of days and I’ll promise to send a reply back to every boy and girl who writes to me. The special postbox will be available for use for a time after the St Margarets Christmas Fair, so the children should have plenty of time to be able to plan and then write their letters to me.”

Look-In Video has appointed Mr. Jag as Santa’s Chief St Margarets Christmas Postmaster. Mr Jag’s job is to sort all of the replies from Santa and have them ready for the boys and girls to collect.

Please see the Santa Mail notice board at Look-In Video, St Margarets, or visit:

http://www.mystmargarets.com/santa.php for further information on this special Santa delivery service.

The website also has more information on the St Margarets Christmas Fair and updated information on the Christmas competitions christmas competitions] and other events in the area. Be sure to re-visit the site every few days for the latest additions.

About the St Margarets Traders Association:

The St Margarets Traders Association currently represents 55 local businesses and aims to promote and protect the unique and vibrant St Margarets shopping area.

The Association has strong links with local schools and community groups and works with the community to provide family fun and entertainment at the Crown Road summer and Christmas Fairs. The traders association organises the Christmas trees, lights and decorations that help to make Christmas in St Margarets so special. It also aims to help charities in the area.

Simon Chapman

St Margarets Traders Association

28 Crown Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames, UK, TW1 3EE

About Look-In Video:

Local store for DVD and games rental, ink cartridge refills, key-cutting, DVD/CD disc repairs and much more.

Mr Jag (Santa’s Chief St Margarets Christmas Postmaster)

Look-In Video

40 Crown Road, St Margarets, Twickenham. London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames, UK, TW1 3EH

Opening hours: 11am – 9pm, 7 days a week. Call on 44(0)20 8892 2505

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New Writing Contest: Animals Helping Special-Needs and At-Risk Kids Through the Worst of Times

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) June 8, 2010

A new contest is calling for inspiring true stories of pets or animals in nature helping children, parents, and families deal with life’s toughest challenges and issues — divorce and loss, learning disabilities, autism, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, congenital birth defects, cancer, deafness or blindness, bullying, peer pressure, and depression or mental health issues. Full description, rules, prizes, and entry form for this free contest are at http://www.angelanimals.net/contests.html. The deadline for entering is September 15, 2010. Early entries are considered first for inclusion in an upcoming book.

Allen and Linda Anderson, best-selling, award-winning authors and founders of the Angel Animals Network, are sponsoring the contest to find stories for their next new book to be published by New World Library in Fall 2011. Stories can be about any house pet, animal in nature, or therapy animal. Parents, teachers, staff of organizations, schools, or hospitals, writers, child-care specialists, social workers, animal advocates, animal-assisted therapy volunteers, and children or teens are encouraged to submit stories.

Allen Anderson says, “We’re looking forward to receiving heartwarming true stories from parents, grandparents, and guardians of children who have turned to animals for comfort. Maybe you remember from your childhood or teenage years a special animal who made it easier to cope with a chronic condition or with a devastating loss. Or an animal might have saved a child’s life. Send us your stories so we can consider sharing them with our readers around the world.”

The Andersons have sold over a quarter-million books. Their books are available all over the world in bookstores, online, and in libraries. They have editions published in the United States, Japan, Italy, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. They donate a portion of proceeds to animal welfare organizations. Their newest book in an ongoing series will be Dogs and the Women Who Love Them (New World Library, November 10, 2010).

The Andersons work has been featured in USA Today, Washington Post, national wire service articles, NPR, Today Show, Montel Williams Show, Animal Planet, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, BBC Radio, London Sunday Times, Beliefnet, ivillage, and numerous national publications and radio and television shows. For more information go to http://angelanimals.net/media.html.

People who have entered previous Angel Animals contests found that submitting a story is one of the best ways to ultimately be published in the Andersons’ upcoming books. By reading the Andersons’ previous anthologies, contestants can get a better of idea of the types of stories that have the best chance of success. Their books are available at shop.angelanimals.net, http://www.newworldlibrary.com, in bookstores nationwide, and in online bookstores, libraries, gift shops, and catalogs.

Previous books that include true story contest winning submissions include:

Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort

Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope

Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life

Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service

The following questions can serve as aids for selecting which experiences to write about for the contest.

Has an animal helped a child:

–endure long-term or catastrophic illnesses and chronic conditions?

–who has learning disorders, attention-deficit disorders, or hyperactivity?

–who is blind or deaf or has physical/motor, mental, or emotional problems?

–function better with autism or Asperger’s syndrome?

–with everyday ups and downs?

–with unexpected difficult situations and circumstances?

–through traumatic events such as divorce, death, or other losses?

–cope with stress, bullying, or peer pressure?

–by being a hero and saving his or her life?

Other questions to ask when considering stories to enter in the contest are:

–Has an animal brought a child a message of love, acceptance, gratitude, or inner direction?

–Has a relationship with an animal been a catalyst for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing for a child?

–Has a child felt a connection showing that animals are sentient, caring souls?

–Have animals helped a child through suffering or offered protection from danger?

–Has an animal made a child laugh and see the humor in upsetting situations?

–Has the example of an animal caused a child to become a better son, daughter, parent, or family member?

–Has a child learned how to handle life’s challenges, deal with change, or heal, trust, and creatively solve problems with the help of an animal?

–Has an animal been a mirror for a child to reflect on his or her life, health, or attitudes?

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Tips from Boys Town Pediatricians for Helping Keep Children Safe from the Flu

Omaha, Neb. (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Boys Town today announced strategies to help keep your child safe from the flu this season. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. As colder weather approaches, it is important that your child stays healthy. Below are five ways to help your child beat the flu:

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Love Our Children USA … Helping the Children of Hurricane Katrina

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 5, 2005

While hundreds of thousands in the Gulf Coast region have lost their homes and jobs – whole communities have been demolished. Families face months and years of uncertainty as they cope with the reality of this crisis.

Child abuse and family violence shelters in the affected areas were closed as well.

Child victims are severely affected in the aftermath of Katrina and their needs must be met with priority.

Workers in Houston report that over 500 children are missing. According to Houston CPS spokeswoman Estella Olguin, if the parents can’t be located within a reasonable period of time, the children are placed in foster homes by Child Protective Services until they can be reunited.

The reality is that some children may be orphaned. And we don’t yet know exactly how many.

For the children in shelters, they can benefit immensely from structured activities that will keep them safe and busy – and allow them to process what they’ve experienced. This gives them the chance to talk about what happened, to act out their experiences and draw pictures about what they have gone through. This can also help caregivers identify children who are especially troubled and in need of additional attention and help.

For adults who reside in areas where victims are being sheltered, if you see a child aimlessly walking around, call the police immediately.

Parents who are victims are feeling a variety of emotions. While some are still in shock, others are at the end of their rope with fear and very frayed nerves. This is a time when parents can lose their tempers and take it out on children.

Parents in this situation should seek help from volunteers in the shelter immediately. By explaining that you need a break from your children will help you regroup and keep your children protected.

When Hurricane Andrew devastated parts of Florida in 1992, there was an increase in child and family violence.

It is critical for families to remember that love and nurturing are key. Children are just children and in times of disaster they are going to be frightened, cranky, disoriented and sense your fear and overwhelm.

The best thing parents can do is:


Take a deep breath… and another, and another, and another. Then remember you are the adult – even though you yourself are in overwhelm.

Close your eyes and imagine you’re hearing what your child is about to hear.

Press your lips together and count to 10… counting to 20 is even better.

Put your child in a time-out corner. Even in a shelter, you can put your child in a corner of the facility and stand closeby so they are not alone. (one time-out minute for each year of age.)

If you’re in a shelter, ask a volunteer or someone you’ve made friends with to watch your children for a few minutes while you go outside and take a walk.

Splash cold water on your face.

Hug a pillow. If it gets really bad – punch the pillow.

When you are more permanently, contact Love Our Children USA for parenting materials that will help you. Once you have access to a computer, visit http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org for more information.

If you are in a crisis mode – get to a hospital immediately.

Love Our Children USA is a 501(C)(3)nonprofit organization collecting donations for the children from the hardest hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The oranization will also make calls on behalf of families whose children under the age of 18 are lost/missing. 100% of all donations collected on their behalf will go to these children to provide them with safe shelter, food, clothing and educational and play materials, as their families recover from this devastating event. We are gratefully accepting donations to help them.

Please send to Love Our Children USA, 220 East 57th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10022-2820. Make checks payable to Love Our Children USA and write “Children of Hurricane Katrina Fund” in the memo section. Donations can also be made securely online at http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org Federal ID Tax #0601563232

Other charities that are accepting donations include:

— America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, is focusing on hurricane relief in the areas affected by Katrina. http://www.secondharvest.org

— Habitat for Humanity International has announced an emergency appeal for funds to help Habitat families and other low-income families in the affected areas recover and rebuild. http://www.habitat.org//

— Operation USA is responding to Katrina’s damage to community-based nonprofit health care clinics in both urban and rural areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. http://www.opusa.org/

About Love Our Children USA:

Love Our Children USA is the leading national 501(C)(3)nonprofit organization that honors, respects and protects children. As a voice for children it celebrates them and the loving relationships we should have with them. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. Love Our Children USA works to enable child success by eliminating behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential. It redefines parenting by promoting positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, along with behaviors and prevention strategies through public education campaigns. Love Our Children USA works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy and online youth mentoring. Its message is positive –one of prevention and hope.

Visit their web site at http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org or call 1.888.347.KIDS

The Protective Group Discusses Kansas City-area Private Investigators Role in Helping Locate an Abducted Boy


Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) October 02, 2013

The Protective Group, a leading event security company on Long Island, responds to a September 25th article by Deseret News titled 60-year-old woman accused of abducting grandson in 2000.

According to the article, a woman who abducted her grandson back in 2000 was finally discovered and arrested after more than a decade. When the woman, Sandy Hatte, enrolled the boy into school, officials then became suspicious as Hatte tried to pass herself off as the boys mother. The article states, the sheriff’s department started investigating the case, after a school official in Livingston County notified authorities that something was unusual about the custody of a juvenile recently enrolled in that school, according to a probable cause statement. Hatte is being held on a charge of felony child abduction.

Larry Jones, a private investigator hired by the family of the boy, had previously tracked Hatte to Putnam County, Missouri, but she fled when she was contacted by law enforcement. Jones was not surprised by the fact that Hatte had stayed undetected for so long. The article quotes Jones, who says, “I think people turn a blind eye. I think it’s just because they don’t want to get involved.”

John Monderine, CEO of the Protective Group, believes that private investigators can complement police investigations. When it comes to cases like this one, private investigators are often able to spend much more time investigating than local law enforcement. The investigator that the boys family hired was able to track down Sandy Hatte once, even though she avoided being apprehended.

The Protective Group is an elite full service private security firm with specializations in special event security, corporate security, private investigators, insurance investigators and surveillance. Its top-notch professional security guards have over 150 years of combined law enforcement service and its security personnel are physically fit, professional, athletic, and completely dedicated to ensuring events proceeds without a hitch. From charity runs and fashion shows, to fundraisers and art shows, the Protective Group instills confidence and assures safety at an exclusive event or place of business.