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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:

Pedia Nurse Announces New Pediatric Nurse Triage Services To Protect Families and Improve the Overall Health and Wellness of Children

Bradenton, FL (PRWEB) July 21, 2012

Pedia Nurse is a division of Nurse Alert a U.S. company focused on providing affordable high quality Personal Emergency and Home Health Services. In case of emergency, but just as important, we need to be there when you have any medical question that needs to be answered. Pedia Nurse 24-Hour Nurse-Line Services is engineered and designed to help in the prevention of pediatric emergencies.

Our Pedia Nurse call center partners with over 30 hospitals and more than 1,000 physicians to provide access to unmatched healthcare information. This partnership is unique in the industry today, and offers families and loved ones quick access to the appropriate level of care.

With the press of a button, parents have access to our family of R.N.s and Specialists who will address their Medical questions. Prevention is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pedia Nurse provides families and their child prompt medical assessment, when they need it, as often as they need it.

About Pedia Nurse: Advancing technology to the pediatric care sector, Pedia Nurse gives families medical help at the touch of a button. Based in Bradenton FL, Pedia Nurse connects to a Nurse Triage call center enabling pediatric medical assessment 24 hours a day 7 days a week. http://www.mypedianurse.com or call 888-861-5757.

SER and VPI Partner to Deliver Superior Call Recording and Workforce Optimization Solutions to Contact Centers : Integrated Solution Helps Organizations Analyze, Understand, and Improve Workforce Performance and Customer Satisfaction

DULLES, Va. (PRWEB) June 24, 2008

The agreement allows for SER to incorporate VPI’s award-winning WFO capabilities into its already robust portfolio of contact management solutions. SER’s suite offers inbound, outbound, and blended solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the contact center. The partnership supports SER’s strategic direction to progress toward a more unified communications platform for its customers. SER has integrated the VPI Activ! Performance Suite, which includes call and screen recording, agent evaluation, and agent coaching and e-learning capabilities into its ENSERCLE product suite. In late summer, the company will make this new offering available as part of the CPS E2 solution.

“End users, particularly SMBs, are asking vendors for unified communication (UCC) suites with fully blended inbound and outbound functionality and workforce optimization (WFO) capabilities to address recording, quality assurance, workforce management, coaching, performance management, and more,” said Ted Lubowsky, managing director at DMG Consulting LLC. “By partnering with VPI, a provider of workforce optimization solutions, SER will be able to create a unified suite of UCC and WFO solutions for its customers.”

“After a thorough review of all of the QM vendors, we chose VPI for its proven technology and success in the market,” said Joe Licata, president & CEO of SER Solutions, Inc. “As the market continues to evolve, there is a growing need for customers to gather intelligence across all of their interactions and act upon that information to improve operational performance and their overall customer experience. Through our partnership, we will support our corporate direction of integrating superior quality management and workforce optimization capabilities into our product portfolio to create long-term customer value and gain market share. Our decision to work with VPI was validated by customers who ranked them highest in product, implementation, support, training, and professional services in a leading industry analyst’s independent customer survey report. Our customers will appreciate the fact that other end users have put their trust in this solution.”

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Well-being of More Children in India Will Improve As IKEA Foundation Contributes $81 Million to UNICEF

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 25, 2013

UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed $ 81 million* ( 60 million) to its programs in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.

A child born in India joins an estimated population of 1.2 billion, of which nearly 40 percent are under the age of 18.

The IKEA Foundation is UNICEFs biggest corporate donor globally. Since 2002, UNICEF programs funded by the IKEA Foundation have impacted the lives of over 74 million people living in 15 states in India.

The expanded support announced today will enable UNICEF to continue to assist the government of Indias efforts to improve the chances of survival, development and growth of all children.

One grant of more than $ 53 million (39.5 million) will help infants and mothers to reduce mortality and malnutrition rates across 13 states. A second grant of nearly $ 28 million (20.7 million) will enable children across 10 states to receive quality education and benefit from a government initiative that provides a safe environment for children living in difficult circumstances.

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director welcomed the contribution. Five million infants and five million mothers in marginalized communities can receive better access to health, nutrition, water and sanitation services he said. And seven million more children can stay in school and receive a quality education.

India accounts for more than 20 percent of the child deaths and 38 percent of the chronically undernourished children in the world. This is largely due to a lack of access to good quality, essential health services, and insufficient nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services for children under two and their mothers.

In India, more than 80 million children drop out before completing eight years of schooling and more than eight million children are out of school.

Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation CEO said: IKEA Foundation believes all children deserve a quality education and a healthy start in life, so we are providing this significant grant of $ 81 million (60 million) to UNICEF to help develop innovative models designed to improve education and access to vital health services for millions of children and their families in India.

The contribution today brings IKEA Foundations total investment in UNICEFs work in India to $ 213 million (158 million) and aims at achieving results for children by 2018.


In 2002, the IKEA Foundation made its first donation to a pioneering campaign to promote childrens rights in the carpet belt in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2006, the partnership was extended to include projects to end child labor in the cotton-producing state of Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, with an aim to promote child rights, child survival, growth and development, the partnership expanded across 15 states of the country where more than 28 million children are engaged in child labor and an estimated 4,700 children under the age of five die every day.

About the IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in the worlds poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong, strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieving large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a childs life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income. Currently funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at http://www.ikeafoundation.org .


The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve childrens lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEFs work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

*1 equals approximately $ 1.35 US

De la Rue Cash Processing Solutions Launches ECM Dashboard at ICCOS 2009, Chicago USA March 22 – 25, 2009 Software Designed to Improve Productivity for Commercial Cash Centres

(PRWEB) March 25, 2009

De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial security printer and cash sorting company, has announced the launch of its ECM Dashboard software at the 2009 International Commercial Cash Operations Seminar (ICCOS) in Chicago, IL, USA. De La Rue Cash Processing Solutions (CPS) will showcase its cash handling solutions aimed at improving productivity in global commercial cash centres. Jamie Cockerell, Head of Customer Development at De La Rue CPS will also be presenting a seminar entitled “Measuring up for success in business today”.

ECM Dashboard is an easy to use software application that enables shift supervisors to view the cash processing throughput of De La Rue’s Cobra family of banknote sorters within the cash centre. This software offers accurate and continual activity rates over the last hour and shift pattern, giving the supervisor continually renewed information on the throughput of each Cobra.

By using ECM Dashboard, bulk cash handling organisations can ensure that the hardware, combined with operator methodologies are working to optimum efficiency, thereby delivering a visible return on investment. The consistent feedback gives managers the confidence that the cash centre is working to the highest levels of performance, therefore enabling the cash centre supervisor to focus on alternative supervisory duties, such as work flow management, staff management and transaction authorisations.

Managing Director of the Cash Processing Solutions (CPS) division, Mr Kevin Freeguard said, “Our solutions are helping cash centre customers worldwide improve their productivity. Leading cash handling organisations recognise the need to examine every aspect of their workflow in the quest for greater competitiveness. Customers are demanding faster turnaround times, whilst also expecting the highest standards of accuracy and security to be maintained. ECM Dashboard provides the solution to help cash centres deliver just that.”

By using ECM Dashboard, cash centre managers have immediate access to accurate telemetry, enabling them to maintain and manage the productivity of each Cobra, a mid-speed sorter, within their cash centre. The consistent flow of data assists in keeping the cash centre working to its optimum as any erroneous activity is easily identified and can be rectified before it becomes detrimental to the pre-defined key performance indicators.

Supplying a constant flow of up to the minute data on machine throughput gives shift supervisors a true and accurate understanding of their shift workers productivity. This clarity of information instills peace of mind that shifts are consistently performing to their maximum productivity levels. Providing information, by the hour and by the shift pattern, the ECM Dashboard can help foster a competitive spirit between all of the shifts in the cash centres.

De La Rue’s Cash Processing Solutions division provides all bulk cash handling organisations with a range of sophisticated hardware and software products, consultation, service and support. All of which are designed to enhance the productivity, performance and security of our customer’s cash processing environment. The company’s comprehensive range of CPS hardware and software is currently in use by 500 commercial and central bank customers in more than 100 counties.

About De La Rue

De La Rue Plc,

Headquarters Basingstoke, UK

Employees 4,000+

Shares Listed on the London Stock Exchange, ticker E :DLAR

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial security printer and papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents such as passports, authentication labels and fiscal stamps. The Company is a leading provider of cash sorting equipment and software solutions to central banks, helping them to reduce the cost of handling cash. De La Rue also pioneers new technologies in government identity solutions for national identification, driver’s licence and passport issuing schemes. De La Rue employs over 4,000 people worldwide and is a member of the FTSE 250. Its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the market for listed securities on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol DLAR.

For further information visit De La Rue’s website at http://www.delarue.com.

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