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Holiday Wishes Come True for Kids of Stanford Home

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2008

Hundreds of Sacramento children and families had a brighter holiday season due to some spirited holiday givers. Each year Stanford Home for Children receives hundreds of requests for holiday help from its clients. From gifts to holiday trees and meals, kind-hearted Sacramento area businesses and individuals ensure that the children and families served by Stanford Home have a happy and healthy holiday season each year.

“It was amazing to see the generosity of our community,” said Keith Diederich, Executive Director of Stanford Home for Children. “Sometimes I don’t know who enjoys the program more, our clients or our donors.”

Thousands of gifts were donated this year and subsequently gift wrapped by an army of over one hundred volunteers, including Assemblyman Roger Niello and the Sacramento Kings Dancers. Each year a warehouse at McClellan Business Park is donated and turned into a virtual winter wonderland where the process is carried out. “You should see the children’s faces when we deliver these gifts,” said Patrica Gooden of Stanford Home’s Community Protection & Treatment Program. “Their smiles light up the entire room.”

Without the generosity of the donors of Stanford Home for Children, many of these families would go without holiday cheer. Stanford Home donors also provide vital funds for programs that provide vocational services to children aging out of the foster care system, as well as find safe, biological family for children lost in the child welfare system.

About Stanford Home for Children

Stanford Home for Children leads our community in providing alternatives to institutional care for youth: the best solution to supporting families in turmoil. Through family centered practices, we connect and strengthen families, so that every child can thrive. For more than 100 years, Stanford Home’s mission has been to provide innovative care and support to strengthen children and families so that they may define their own dreams, overcome their challenges, and thrive in the future.

New Study: Americans Say Recession, Declining Stocks and Soft Home Values Less Financially Disastrous Than Death of Spouse

Windsor, Conn. (Vocus) May 15, 2008

While current headlines and political rhetoric focus on the publics fears of broad financial challenges such as economic recession and Social Security going broke, Americans in every demographic group say that their death or the death of their spouse would be a much greater threat to their familys future financial situation, according to a new survey from ING, one of the nations leading financial services and life insurance companies.

The new survey further clarifies the savings and wealth protection needs of Americans. The insight into consumers perceptions about their financial future and the wide-ranging reasons for saving money and having adequate life insurance may even seem contrary to popular assumptions about people and their money, said Catherine Smith, CEO, ING U.S. Insurance. The wide-ranging survey by Ipsos Public Affairs of more than 1,000 adults revealed Americans contemporary attitudes and thinking on protecting their financial future and on life insurance, traditionally part of working peoples financial plan.

The survey demonstrates the central role life insurance plays in a comprehensive financial plan, including the important role of wealth protection. Financial-planning experts say that inadequate life insurance can be swiftly disastrous to families that dont properly anticipate and assess the impact death of a spouse or partner can have on short- and long-term finances.

As Baby Boomers financial needs have evolved, we see the heightened importance of risk protection combined with wealth creation, Smith said. Insurance products can help provide an important protective wrapper around retirement savings. This insurance wrapper effectively manages a diversity of risks and allows consumers to enter their retirement years with more confidence. Bottom line life insurance has become the forgotten foundation of a long-term, comprehensive financial plan.

Among the most interesting findings of the survey:

Rain Bird Crowns Winners of the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition : Glass Half Full and Water Thicker Than Oil Take Home the Environmentally Focused Competition’s Top Awards for their Insightful And Clever Take On The Need for Water Conservation

Azusa, Calif. (PRWEB) October 12, 2008

“All of the finalists in the competition have taken on the world’s water issues through a personal lens that will undoubtedly encourage discussion on the efficient, effective and responsible use of Earth’s most precious resource,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s Corporate Marketing Director. “In sponsoring the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition we aim to provide filmmakers like these six finalists with a forum to exercise their influence, and actively raise awareness of this important issue in a manner that will inspire others to take action in their own way.”

As the winner of the Jury Prize, David Sutera was awarded $ 6,000 for his film entry, Glass Half Full, a mockery of the film noir genre that drives home an important message of water conservation in an entertaining and comedic manner.

Michael McGuire, the Audience Choice Prize winner, was awarded $ 3,000 for his film entry titled Water Thicker Than Oil, a simplified approach to water conservation as seen through a child’s eyes.

This year’s Jury Award was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Gary McVey, executive director of the American Cinema Foundation, documentarian Jim Thebaut and Timothy Brick, chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Shalini Kantayya, director of the 2007 Audience Choice Award Winner “A Drop of Life,” served as the master of ceremonies for the evening’s event.

Prior to the screening of the finalists’ films, the evening’s guests were treated to a special showing of The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?, critically acclaimed writer, director, producer and competition judge Jim Thebaut’s definitive look at how the water crisis is affecting the American Southwest and its escalating economic toll.

In addition to this evening’s awarding of the film competition winners, Rain Bird presented Christopher S. Gray Sr. with a check for $ 10,000 in recognition of his being selected as the winner of Rain Bird’s 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award for his role in the development and implementation of an innovative wastewater recapture program as Superintendent at Marvel Golf Club in Benton, Kentucky.

The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is part of a range of programs and initiatives to boost awareness of the need for water conservation. Rain Bird devotes significant resources to its Intelligent Use of Water public initiatives, which include The Intelligent Use of Water Award; biannual Intelligent Use of Water Summits; a series of white papers; public service announcements; membership on the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the steering committee advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its WaterSense product labeling program; partnerships with nonprofit organizations; development and support of elementary and middle school curriculums; and participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade

Is Your Baby in Danger? Free New DVD Alerts Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers to Hidden Hazards in the Home

Corvallis, OR (PRWEB) November 11, 2008

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year more than 2.5 million children in North America are injured, some of them fatally, by hazards in the home. Because many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented, the Oregon-based company Parenting Baby To Three is distributing a free DVD pointing out common hidden hazards in the home to parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. Customers pay just a small shipping and handling charge for the DVD (http://www.childproofingthehome.com).

Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

After 3 p.m. ET, media may download broadcast-quality event video, interviews and still pictures at http://www.thenewsmarket.com/allstate. Consumers may watch event videos at http://www.youtube.com/allstate.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Florida Family to Be Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Tallahassee, FL (Vocus) April 10, 2009

More than ten years ago, George and Barbara Kadzis contacted Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) to get some information on adopting a child. Little did they know how dramatically their lives would change as a result of that call.

Originally, George and Barbara considered adopting an infant and contacted CHS as they were familiar with the organization’s rich history in finding permanent homes for children. But when they learned about a young Chinese girl with a cleft palate, they were compelled to bring her to America. Barbara, a teacher who was herself adopted, and George, a dentist, continued to work through CHS’ International Adoption Program to locate children with special needs, eventually adding a total of six children to their family, five of whom were physically challenged.

“This is such an exceptional family,” said Helen Ervin, Adoption Manager for the CHS North Central Division. “George and Barbara knew that these children would not have had adequate medical care if left in China. They would have grown up to be totally isolated from society because of their physical challenges.”

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew learned about the family after their home had been ravaged by hurricanes and George had been diagnosed with brain cancer. This past February, the show’s crew arrived at the Kadzis home, where they spent a week rebuilding the house and making modifications to accommodate the challenges of the five physically challenged children.

Sunday evening, millions of viewers will tune into ABC where they will get to know the Kadzis family.

“Tragically, George was admitted to the hospital the evening before the family found out they’d been chosen for the home makeover,” noted Ervin. George passed away in March without ever returning to his home.

CHS, which focuses its work on finding parents for children, not children for parents, finalized a record 1,090 adoptions during the 2007/2008 fiscal year of which 1,019 were public adoptions involving children from foster care.

Since Children’s Home Society of Florida’s founding in 1902, adoption has been a cornerstone of the nationally accredited organization’s broad spectrum of services to children, parents and families. To date, more than 35,000 children have found their forever families through CHS.

About Children’s Home Society of Florida (http://www.chsfl.org)

Founded in Jacksonville in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the third largest private not-for-profit serving children and families in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation. CHS was a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America, and was instrumental in helping to pass Florida’s first laws protecting children. Services include foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, early education and care, parent education, counseling, mentoring, and treatment for developmentally disabled children. CHS, which served more than 86,000 children and families in 2007-2008, is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., has 14 divisions and employs more than 1,900 staff who are dedicated to providing child-focused, family-centered care.

The Areas Most Fragile Babies Have a New Home

Washington, DC (Vocus) May 19, 2009

Twenty-eight fragile newborns have a new home at Childrens National Medical Center. The 54-bed, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened Sunday, May 17, when the babies were transported from the existing NICU. At 35,000 square feet, the new NICU is approximately four times larger than the old unit.

This is a dream come true for our staff, patients, and families, said Billie L. Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Childrens National. This NICU was designed with input from our families, nurses, and medical care team members, and we couldnt be more proud of this unit.

The 54-bed NICU at Childrens National is the only Level IIIC NICU in the region, the highest distinction available by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That ranking is conferred on NICUs that, among other cutting edge services, offer ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation or heart/lung bypass).

Other features of the new NICU include: