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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:

National Child Safety Service

Blackwood, NJ (PRWEB) June 11, 2006

Halo Family Ids provides parents/guardians and organizations nationwide with Child Safety Products and Services. Including Identification Cards as well as other safety products such as Electronic IDs (on CD Rom), USB Flash Drives and DNA/Fingerprint Kits.

Additionally, our website provides an Amber Alert Service that is immediately activated should any child go missing anywhere in the U.S. The disappearance of children happens daily and is growing at an alarming rate. Our service and products help families everywhere be prepared for those unfortunate moments when we need to act quickly on behalf of our children.

Additionally, we provide fundraising opportunities for groups and organizations which in turn benefits all involved while promoting this very important subject matter. We truly believe that it is the absolute responsibility of every parent to be prepared when it concerns a childs safety and well being. With that in mind, our ultimate goal is to create a vast network of caring parents and citizens from all walks of life to make this important and valuable service be made aware of.

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The Total Transformation Program Wins Awards from the National Association of Social Workers and The National Parenting Center

Westbrook, ME (PRWEB) November 17, 2006

The Total Transformation, a multi-media home study program used nationally by parents to manage behavior problems in children and teenagers, has won two prestigious industry awards: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Stamp of Approval for Quality Continuing Education and The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval.

Through its Continuing Education Approval Program, the NASW approves educational programs that meet its strict criteria. The approved programs are used by social work professionals to meet the continuing education requirement for social work licensure and certification renewal. The Total Transformation Program, developed by behavioral therapist James Lehman and Legacy Parenting Company, was approved for six contact hours of continuing education.

The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval program identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience. Their consumer-oriented testing process solicits evaluations from parents and the award signifies a products quality and desirability.

We are pleased to have The Total Transformation Program approved by the NASW and The National Parenting Center, says Legacy Parenting President, Steve Anderson. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools to manage the myriad of behavioral challenges associated with parenting in the 21st century. Recognition by these two prominent industry organizations will help establish The Total Transformation as a brand families can trust.

The Total Transformation Program teaches parents how to turn around disrespectful, defiant, obnoxious and even abusive behaviors in children and teenagers with the practical, hands-on techniques James Lehman developed over 30 years of working with behaviorally troubled youth and their families. The program offers straightforward techniques for stopping arguments, setting limits, obtaining compliance and teaching accountability and problem solving.

For more information about The Total Transformation Program, contact Sharon Roy, Internet Marketing Director, 207-856-5600 x 3017 or visit http://www.thetotaltransformation.com.

Legacy Parenting Company, publisher of The Total Transformation Program, is committed to helping families through the development of programs and products designed to enhance the quality of family life.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers and also seeks to enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

The National Parenting Center was founded in 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice from the worlds most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.

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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

LawInfo Adds Qualified Family Lawyers to its Free National Directory

San Marcos, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2007

LawInfo has now added qualified family lawyers to its free online national directory. These attorneys are a part of LawInfo’s signature service, the Lead Counsel Program, which is designed to provide a simple and reliable way for anyone on the Web to find a pre-qualified, pre-screened attorney, such as a divorce attorney or adoption lawyer, quickly and easily. The Lead Counsel Program has resulted in the enhanced screening of attorneys’ credentials and has become a symbol of quality assurance for consumers searching for legal representation.

Family law is the area of law that deals with all aspects of family relations, including adoption, child custody and visitation, children’s rights, child support, divorce, spousal support (alimony), annulments, separation agreements, marital property division, elder law matters, estate planning, estates and trusts, wills and will contests, probate, insurance, cohabitation agreements, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, marriage and other legal issues pertinent to the family. A good family lawyer possesses the patience, judgment and necessary trial skills to fight for what is fair, while avoiding conflict and distress as much as possible during what is usually an emotionally challenging time. LawInfo’s new attorney directory can help anyone nationwide locate a qualified family attorney, representing both men and women, who can provide a compassionate, steady hand to protect a client’s rights while guiding them though complex and often tense legal issues.

In addition to offering a free national attorney directory, LawInfo.com has also designed a legal resource center that provides a quick and easy way to access free legal forms and documents, research thousands of legal FAQ’s, obtain document preparation services and locate legal experts throughout the nation–such as private investigators, bail bondsmen, process servers and paralegals. LawInfo.com also provides an SEO Package for attorneys and legal professionals crafted by a team of SEO specialists that integrates web design, content development and internet marketing with focused traffic-generation tactics.

For over a decade, LawInfo’s mission has been to assist the public in locating qualified attorneys and legal services. Founded in 1994, LawInfo is recognized nationwide as a leader within the legal community. In addition to listing a national directory in which to locate skilled divorce lawyers, LawInfo.com also provides access to the latest legal news, breaking reports on FDA-mandated recalls for defective drugs and dangerous products and supplies an index of experienced local and national attorneys who are handling such cases. Staffed by a dedicated team, LawInfo’s corporate offices are located in San Marcos, California, just thirty minutes north of San Diego.

For more information about Lead Counsel family attorneys, or LawInfo’s free legal resource center, call 1-800-397-3743 or visit http://www.lawinfo.com.

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MyRapidMD Announces National Launch: Free Lifetime Medical Alert ESP Memberships


Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2008

MyRapidMD Corp (“the Company” or “MRMD”) a developer of Meaningful Personal Mobile Content and the developer of the award winning personal medical alert service – the Emergency Service Profile (ESP) cell phone application, today announced free lifetime ESP memberships to the first 1000 subscribers as part of its national launch campaign.

Once ESP is installed on a cell phone, the proprietary and potentially lifesaving ESP application provides users personal Emergency Service Profile, including photo identification, at the accident or medical emergency scene to first responders immediately, and without the need of a service connection.

ESP, based on a global emergency assessment protocol used by first responders at emergency scenes, contains information of only one individual, no financial, social security or address information so the ESP information only has value to the user, and the first responder seeking their ESP information. ESP allows first responders to treat users more efficiently, effectively, and accurately in an accident, medical emergency, in transit to the ER and at the ER because now they have immediate access to users Emergency Service Profile when information and time count most, that first hour.

“Time and quality information are your best hope for survival in an emergency. ESP just makes too much sense; a ring tone, movie or game on your cell phone is not going to help me save the life of your child, your senior parent or you in an emergency or accident,” said Chief Richard Cole, Chairman of the MyRapidMD Emergency Services Advisory Board, whose members have over 100 years of collective Emergency Response experience.

The Emergency Service Profile is exactly that said Mr. Mark White President and founder, “It provides the critical emergency information and photo ID about a person in an accident or medical emergency. It is not trying to provide an extensive personal health or medical history record of a person, that’s what online medical record services such as Microsoft’s Health vault, Google Health or WebMD’s PHR do, among others. Simply put, time and information saves lives and the trickle down effects directly benefit healthcare, emergency services and their relevant providers. Our goal is to deliver that information as quickly and effectively as possible when needed.”

A large majority of service providers and cell or smart phone handsets, including Blackberries, are ESP compatible. Verizon’s “Get it Now” browser and the Apple iPhone both currently block outside third party applications. Non- “Get it Now” Verizon customers can however install ESP. If in doubt, go to http://www.myrapidmd.com and select “test your phone”.

Both Verizon and Apple have however, indicated they will make Software Development Kits (SDK’s) available to content developers by the middle of 2008 and we will develop ESP applications for these devices as soon as they are available.

ESP is not about games, ring tones or movies, it’s about your life, your peace of mind and your safety.

Even if their phone is not ESP compatible right now, users still need to sign up. Why? Because they still get all the benefits of the ESP membership pack. And when they do change phones or service providers, login to their ESP account and send your ESP to their cell phone, it’s that simple.

With a free Lifetime ESP Membership users receive:

24/7 access to their password protected ESP via the website.
ESP wallet and key chain cards with member ID number.
ESP stickers for a phone and a car windshield decal.
ESP refrigerator magnet for the home with their Name, Sex, Member ID number and 24/7 toll-free call center phone number.
24/7 toll-free automated call center, in case their phone is lost, broken or unavailable. First responders can call to retrieve their full ESP details.
256 bit SSL security: twice the industry standard to protect their information in transit.
To see full ESP membership details go to http://www.myrapidmd.com/benefits.

“There are more than 230 million cells phones in the USA and more than 70% of children over the age of 8 have them or have used them. Cell phones are an inherent part of the American lifestyle and at MyRapidMD we believe your phone should to do more than text, talk & entertain we believe it should care!” said Mr. Damien Vallernaud, MyRapidMD COO.

ESP was selected from over 400 new products and services by EMS magazine, considered the leading global authority on the EMS industry, as one of the top product picks at the National EMS Expo in Orlando, FL in October of 2007. Additionally, MyRapidMD has received one of twelve invitations to present and demonstrate ESP at the Coalition for Disaster Management Solutions Conference (CDMS) sponsored by F.E.M.A. Region IX and The American Red Cross in San Francisco on March 312008.

To learn more about MyRapidMD’s personal medical alert service, ESP and its potentially lifesaving benefits, log onto http://www.myrapidmd.com or contact them directly at (877)9GET-MRMD.

Act fast to take advantage of MyRapidMD’s national launch promotion by signing up now to get a membership free for life. No sign up fee and no annual renewal fee. Go to http://www.myrapidmd.com and click “Sign Up”. At the payment page, enter Promo Code MRMD08CES to get a free lifetime membership.

In today’s world it pays to be prepared for life’s unexpected emergencies.

“Does your phone have ESP?”

Privately held MyRapidMD is the developer of the Emergency Service Profile (ESP) proprietary software application. Designed specifically for cell phones and smart phones, the ESP medical alert service provides a concise Emergency Service Profile based on an internationally recognized victim assessment protocol used by first responders. MyRapidMD has formatted this protocol into a medical alert mobile software application that also attaches a photo of the cell phone owner to confirm their identity in emergency or accident situations. ESP is easily retrieved and displayed by first responders on the victim’s cell phone at the emergency or accident scene. Developed in concert with Firefighters, Paramedics, Emergency Room Nurses and other first responders,

MyRapidMD’s ESP turns the cell phone into an efficient and effective emergency information tool at the emergency scene and while the patient/victim is in transit to the ER.

Contact

Mark White

President

MyRapidMD Corporation

1-877-9GET-MRMD (943 8676) ext 114

info @ myrapidmd.com

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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.

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National Survey Reveals Tail-End Boomers Avoid Participating in Parents’ Estate Planning: Survey by LegalZoom.com Finds that Younger Boomers Avoid their Parents’ Estate Planning, while Older Boomers are More Likely to Discuss and Participate in the Process

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) May 6, 2008

On National Missing Children’s Day AdaptiveMobile Warns US Parents About the Hidden Dangers Cell Phones Could Pose for Children and Teenagers

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) May 26, 2008

AdaptiveMobile, http://www.adaptivemobile.com, the leading provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, today issued a warning to parents to be aware of the risks and hidden dangers the mobile environment poses to children. The company is making this announcement to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, to honor the estimated 800,000 children that go missing each year, more than 2,000 per day. The dangers in unrestricted internet usage is well known among US parents, and AdaptiveMobile wants parents to be aware that cell phones can allow predators and strangers to have almost unrestricted access to their children via social networking sites, texting and MMS. In one recent chilling example, a 14 year old girl in the US was sexually assaulted by a man who contacted her through her a profile she posted by cell phone on a mobile social networking site.

Many of the guidelines for child protection and safety overlook the cell phone and focus on the computer, but doing so can have dire consequences for children. In a 2007 survey, AdaptiveMobile found that children access the internet from their phones an average of nine times per day, often without their parents’ knowledge. AdaptiveMobile is highlighting the following risks for parents: