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San Diego Attorney Awarded Top Honors for Groundbreaking Work in Civil Rights Case Against Orange County Social Services Agency

San Diego (PRWEB) November 7, 2007

On November 2, 2007, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association awarded a San Diego attorney top honors in electing him as the “Top Gun – Trial Attorney of The Year” in the area of civil rights. The award was based on the 4.9 million dollar jury verdict obtained by Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick, against Orange County, its Social Services Agency, and two of its social workers Marcia Vreeken and Helen Dwojak earlier this year in a lawsuit alleging violations of her Constitutional right to familial association.

This case (Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Case No. 01CC02379; Trial before Hon. Ronald L. Bauer, Dept. CX103) was brought by Deanna Fogarty against the County of Orange, Marcia Vreeken, Elaine Wilkins, and their supervisor Helen Dwojak to recover damages arising from Defendants alleged falsification of evidence, perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence during a juvenile dependency action back in February of 2000. On March 23, 2007 after over six years of litigation and a seven week trial, an Orange County Jury found against Orange County, social worker Marcia Vreeken, and social worker supervisor Helen Dwojak and awarded monetary damages of $ 4.9 million. A third social worker, Elaine Wilkins was found not liable.

In addition to seeking damages, Ms. Fogarty also sought to enjoin the Orange County Social Services Agency from continuing its allegedly unlawful practice of making allegations of wrong doing against parents in dependency proceedings without supporting evidence. On May 14, 2007 Orange County Superior Court Judge, Ronald Bauer (Dept. CX-103) issued an injunction against the Orange County Social Services Agency requiring the agency to obtain “reasonable and articulable evidence” prior to initiating dependency proceedings alleging abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child.

In accepting the “Top Gun” award Shawn A. McMillan said: “Ms. Fogarty should not have had to step outside her community to find an attorney to represent her. Trial attorneys are a pretty elite group, and as officers of the court we have taken an oath, and it is our duty, to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights arising therefrom. These cases are important cases and should be brought and tried. We’ve proven that they can be won, now its your job to carry the ball the rest of the way, to accept these types of cases, and force a change in the system.”

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.


4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582

Website: http://www.mcmillan-law.com


Parents as Teachers National Center Honors Carol Brunson Day

St. Louis (PRWEB) March 28, 2008

Carol Brunson Day, president and COO of National Black Child Development Institute, will accept the 2008 Parents as Teachers Child and Family Advocacy Award at the 17th annual Parents as Teachers Conference here. This award honors an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional service and dedication in advocating for children and families. The 2008 award will go to Brunson Day in recognition of her steadfast commitment to children and family policy in a career spanning 39 years.

“This is the most prestigious award our organization presents,” says Susan S. Stepleton, president and CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center. “It recognizes not just accomplishments, but also an ongoing, often lifetime devotion to support children and families. Carol Brunson Day certainly exemplifies this unwavering dedication through her work as leader and influencer in the areas of teaching, consulting, research and administration.”

Currently, Brunson Day leads National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) as president and COO. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NBCDI’s mission is to improve and protect the lives of children by advocating for improved child welfare services, universal access to early care and education, family support services and educational reform.

Previous recipients of the Parents as Teachers Child and Family Advocacy Award include the National League of Cities, United Way of America, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Missouri Senator Kit Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Evelyn Moore, Dolly Parton, Idaho’s First Lady Patricia Kempthorne and the Albertson Foundation, among others.

The 2008 Parents as Teachers Conference, April 1-3 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel and America’s Center in St. Louis, has drawn more than 1,000 parent educators and representatives from early childhood, child care, health, social services, government and business. This year’s conference, with a focus on early childhood advocacy, is providing parent educators with access to the most cutting-edge thinking on early childhood education and policy, family dynamics and cultural education.

About Parents as Teachers National Center

Based in St. Louis, Parents as Teachers National Center is the resource base and backbone of Parents as Teachers, a parent education and early childhood development program serving parents throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The nonprofit National Center oversees more than 3,000 programs offering Parents as Teachers services nationwide as well as in several other countries. For more information about Parents as Teachers, visit http://www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.

Note: Photo of Carol Brunson Day available via flickr.


Dedication to Serving Others Earns Prestigious Honors

Gilbert, AZ (Vocus) July 8, 2010

For Jim May and his son Michael, serving others has always been a driving motive in their lives. Although this father-son duo has led very different lives, each has managed to use the values of dedication, commitment and purpose to reach the top of his field. Recently, each of them has been honored for the contributions they have made in their respective fields.

Jim May has quietly started a food revolution in the U.S. With his personal mission of preventing childhood obesity and diabetes, he waged a triumphant battle against government bureaucracy to bring the all-natural sugar alternative, stevia, to the United States. May began importing stevia to the U.S. in 1982, and challenged a number of government regulations over the years before becoming the first company to receive GRAS status from the FDA for a line of stevia products under the name SweetLeaf Stevia

ChildSharing.com Honors Military Families with a Discount Offer on all Online Parenting Classes

Carson City, NV (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

In appreciation of active and retired U.S. military personnels service to our country, ChildSharing.com offers a 50% discount to military personnel (active or retired), their spouses, and civilian military employees. Additionally, online parenting classes offered on federal holidays are free to military personnel.

Military divorce rate has reached its highest level since 1999, with nearly 30,000 marriages terminating in fiscal year 2011, according to a December 2011 Defense Department report. Massive troop withdrawals may ironically be to blame for the rising military divorce rate, along with the wear of repeated deployments that strain relationships and alter behavior. Spouses at home and spouses returning often must deal with each other for the first time in years. Returning veterans are susceptible to the stressors of life. They may have a difficult time working through marital challenges, and separation or divorce are increasingly seen as solutions.

Along with offering a significant discount to military personnel, to help reverse the statistics, ChildSharing.com is working with nonprofit agencies across the country to introduce or enhance online reunification programs. When our courageous men and women in all military branches come back from war, there are limited resources for themselves and their families. There are numerous issues that need to be tended in support programs that are not readily available. ChildSharing.com has had excellent success with online programs helping parents in transition across the country, therefor offering assistance to the military through an online medium, may offer great benefit.

“We are grateful to now have the opportunity to support the brave men and women who serve our country, and were proud of the opportunity to give back to veterans since they have given so much to us, said Lori LaVigne, Education Planner for ChildSharing.com. There is truly no way we can properly thank the members of the U.S. Armed Forces for all that they do to protect and serve our country and maintain our country’s freedom. This program is a small way we are able to show our respect and support to the soldiers that serve and to help their families by making life a bit easier for them.”

Founded in 2008,ChildSharing, Inc. is dedicated to better educating and supporting families. ChildSharing, Inc. works with experts across the country to educate families in transition. For more information on our experts, or for additional questions regarding ChildSharing, Inc., visit ChildSharing.com.