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According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, Common Parenting Practice Could Endanger Kids’ Teeth

Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) February 7, 2008

Anyone who has experienced parenthood knows how a well-timed sippy cup of juice can save the day — or night. But the same things that soothe and comfort might also bring about oral health problems later in life.

A significant concern to dentists is the practice of giving children juice or milk in a bottle or sippy cup to sip on throughout the day or at bedtime. Prolonged exposure to the sugars found in milk and juice contribute to tooth decay and a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay, a painful and damaging consequence for young children to endure.

February is National Children’s Oral Health Month

This is a great time to remind parents what they can do to prevent cavities. “Some people think it’s not a big deal for a young child to get a cavity or lose a baby tooth since these primary teeth eventually fall out anyway,” said Jerry Denning, DDS, dental consultant for Delta Dental of Arizona. “However, maintaining healthy baby teeth is extremely important for the long-term health of permanent teeth. When baby teeth are damaged by decay, it can affect nutrition, speech development and self-esteem, and can cause problems with spacing as permanent teeth grow in.”

According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, tooth decay is the most common childhood disorder affecting Arizona children, with 34% having some form of tooth decay by the age of three. Recent research demonstrates this burden is distributed unevenly, affecting more Arizona children from low-income families, children without dental insurance and children of important cultural groups such as Native Americans and Hispanics.

First Dental Visit by Age One

In order to combat and prevent dental decay, RaNee Toscano, R.D. H., and Acting Chief of the Arizona State Department of Health Services – Office of Oral Health stresses the importance of parents starting early, “Seeing a dentist by age one or when your child’s first tooth erupts is critical to their long-term health and well being.” Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth. There are several things parents can do to protect their child’s primary teeth: Don’t put your child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Maintain a balanced healthy diet low in sugary and starchy foods is important. Get fluoride varnish treatments if your child is at risk for decay or sealants once their molars erupt. Promote brushing twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year.

Prevention based strategies are the focus of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation where grants are targeted to programs providing fluoride varnish treatments for young children at risk for cavities. School age children without dental insurance can receive dental screenings and sealants as part of school-based services. In the past ten years, the Foundation has given back more than $ 2 million to the community to combat oral disease in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, please visit http://www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.

About Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona with the largest network of 2,800 dentists, servicing more than 4,500 locations. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for 35 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventative care and making dental coverage accessible for a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Delta Dental of Arizona, in partnership with EyeMed, introduces DeltaVision, quality vision insurance plans that make maintaining healthy eyesight affordable. Quality dental, vision and FSA benefits are now available from a single, trusted source. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, please visit the website at http://www.deltadentalaz.com.


Despite Economy, Financial Advisor to Affluent Jeff Christenson Uses Innovative Methods, Team to Preserve Wealth, Build Award Winning Practice

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 30, 2010

With over fifteen years experience working with high-level clients (successful entrepreneurs, real estate developers and well known entertainers, to name a few), Jeff Christenson knows a thing or two about managing substantial wealth. As the President and Founder of Christenson Wealth Management LLC, a comprehensive, private wealth management firm dealing exclusively with high net-worth clients, Jeff has an unparalleled reputation for assisting individuals and families in achieving their financial goals.

Jeff was recently recognized for his considerable achievements with the Advisor Achievement Award from Multi Financial Securities Corporation (Multi-Financial). This special award was given to Christenson for increasing his business over the last 12 months despite the challenges in the economy.

This is a fitting honor for Jeff, who continues to exemplify what it means to be a successful advisor and a trusted guide for his clients, said Multi-Financial President and CEO Brett Harrison. It was a challenging 12 months, but his efforts produced outstanding results.

This is the second honor for Christenson in the last few months, as he was also recently listed among WORTH Magazines national list of Leading Wealth and Legal Advisors. Christenson contributed multiple full-page editorial features to WORTH as part of the program, which educates the most affluent readers in the United Sates on diverse, sophisticated wealth strategies.

Jeff and his highly accredited team realize that these clients have unique needs, and are solidly committed to meeting and exceeding their objectives. Investment portfolios are customized based on the individual situation of each client. These clients benefit from a variety of investment strategies which can help maximize their return and which can help to keep their money in a safe place.

People dont come to us to make them rich; they come to us help keep them rich.

When someone has serious money, they need a serious money manager. If theyre going to put their trust and their financial assets in someones hands, capability is paramount. Smart, sound strategies and a holistic approach to wealth have helped Christensons clients keep a healthy bottom line, despite disaster in the economy.

It is said that 80% of money managers cant beat the S&P 500, and theyre probably right. On the other hand, that means 20% do, and those managers are where we focus our attention and efforts, looking for ways to shepherd wealth with partners who have a proven track record of performance and integrity. My clients demand the best results with the lowest risk, and thats what I look for every day.

Christenson also provides his clients with special access to a unique team of top-tier professionals with national reputations to help his clients preserve their wealth in related and often overlooked areas including Asset Protection, estate planning and life insurance needs, executive compensation and business succession planning and many other areas of concern to clients in his demographic. I cant be an expert at everything, but I can assemble a team of experts, and thats been part of our success. Investment performance is for naught if my clients lose money to a lawsuit, estate taxes or other sources of spoilage. We try to make sure they have all the expert resources they need, says Christenson, who also regularly partners with other advisors across the country to help them bring the same level of service and these innovative strategies to their own clients.

Christenson is a resident of Paradise Valley, Arizona with his unbelievably supportive wife and their two children, a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. He also serves on the Board of Directors for national child abuse prevention and treatment group Child Help USA, a cause he describes as one of the greatest joys of his life. Its an honor which came through his professional career just another reason to love the business. My clients are the greatest people in the world, Jeff says, Literally.

For more information contact Christenson Wealth Management, LLC at:

2575 East Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016 call: 602.808.5580

or email: Meghan(at)habitsofwealth(dot)com

Securities offered through Multi-Financial Securities Corporation, Member FINRA/SIPC. Christenson Wealth

Management and Multi-Financial Securities Corporation are separate companies. Please consult with a qualified tax advisor prior to implementing any tax related strategy.


5 Raleigh Divorce Attorneys Join Separating Together, Inc., a Raleigh Collaborative Law Practice Group

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) November 9, 2010

Separating Together, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of five participating attorneys in its Collaborative Law Practice Group in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since 2003, the independent member attorneys of Separating Together have been providing an array of respectful divorce services focused on North Carolina’s Collaborative Law alternative for families in the Raleigh – Durham metropolitan area.

The Collaborative Practice Group now consists of the following Raleigh divorce attorneys: Mark A. Springfield, Jeffrey M. Seigle, Martha J. Mason, Adrian J. Davis, Kerry Burleigh, Aida Doss Havel, James W. Hart, Deborah Throm, and Randolph (Tr

Dental Practice in McAllen TX Offers Patients the Opportunity to Save Precious Stem Cells from Teeth, Introduces Store-A-Tooth Dental Stem Cell Banking

McAllen, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2011

Nearly everyone has heard of the potential of stem cells to treat a wide range of serious diseases. Yet few people realize that a rich source of these cells is teethbaby teeth that come loose during childhood, wisdom teeth extracted from teens or young adults, and teeth that need to be pulled to make room for braces. These potent stem cells exist in the dental pulp of any healthy tooth and can be preserved to protect a familys future health.

Dr. Kenneth Baker, DDS, who performs general dentistry and oral surgery at Medical Center North Dental Associates in McAllen Texas, is at the forefront of bringing stem cell innovation to his community. By partnering with Store-A-Tooth, he now offers the highest quality dental stem cell preservation to his patients. This service enables parents to save the stem cells from their childrens teeth as an investment in their familys health. There is no greater gift to give your child than added protection toward their future, said Dr. Baker. Our goal is to bring the highest level of quality to everything we do thats why were a leader in sedation dentistry, and why were pleased to introduce Store-A-Tooth, a minimally invasive, more affordable and convenient option for saving a childs stem cells.

The process is simple. The family makes an appointment with Dr. Baker to extract the teeth for example, baby teeth which would be falling out naturally, teeth needing to be pulled for braces or wisdom teeth which are scheduled to be extracted. The dentist places the teeth in a special Store-A-Tooth transport kit to protect them during overnight transport to the lab. There, the sample is tested for viability and processed for long-term cryopreservation, and a Lab Report is sent for confirmation to the family that the stem cells have been safely processed and stored.

Preservation of Dental Stem Cells for Future Needs

Research, while early, is increasingly showing promise that dental stem cells may someday play a role in treatments for such serious conditions as Type 1 Diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injuries, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. In fact, since 2000 when National Institutes of Health researchers first discovered potent stems cells in teeth, this new source of stem cells has gained significant focus within the research community. Dental stem cells have already been used in human studies to treat periodontal (gum) disease and to regrow jawbone.

As awareness of dental stem cells grows; the possibility of banking baby teeth is increasingly piquing the interest of parents seeking an additional layer of promise against disease for their child. Banking stem cells (preserving the stem cells in long-term cryopreservation tanks so they can later be used for clinical use), is commonly done with bone marrow and umbilical cord blood and is a well established technology. But now, with the discovery of dental stem cells, parents can bank their childs baby or wisdom teeth an easy, affordable and convenient option to save their familys stem cells.

For more information:

Dr. Kenneth W. Baker, DDS

Medical Center North Dental Associates

5000 North Tenth St.

McAllen, TX

(956) 686-2052 or toll-free 866-712-8910


About Store-A-Tooth, a service of Provia Laboratories LLC

Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a health services company specializing in high quality biobanking (reservation of biological specimens). The companys Store-A-Tooth service platform enables the collection, transport, processing, and storage of dental stem cells for potential use in future stem-cell therapies. The company advises industrial, academic, and governmental clients on matters related to the preservation of biological specimens for research and clinical use. In addition, Provia offers a variety of products for use in complex biobanking environments to improve sample logistics, security, and quality. Provia Labs is a member of ISBER, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories. For more information on dental stem cell banking, please visit http://www.store-a-tooth.com or call 1-877-867-5753.


The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. Names Zack Groves as the Head of its Family Law Practice

Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) March 20, 2012

The Law Office of James E. Crawford, Jr. today announced that it has named Zack Groves as the new head of its Family Law practice group.

Zack is a tremendous asset to our team and he is dedicated to getting the best outcome for every individual and family, said James E. Crawford, owner and president of the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. Zack is well-known for his negotiation skills and is equally respected as a “top-flight” courtroom advocate. We are delighted to offer his services to our clients.

Mr. Groves is a member of the Maryland bar and provides effective, empathetic and experienced legal counseling and representation in divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, domestic violence, and paternity matters. While Mr. Groves has been very successful in the courtroom, he works to settle out of court if in the best interest of the client.

The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. is a respected and family oriented firm that is dedicated to clients and committed to providing superior representation in the practice of divorce and child custody law, said Mr. Groves. We offer a comprehensive approach to helping our clients protect their rights and interests in family law court.

Mr. Groves studied law at Widener University in Harrisburg, P.A. and received a Juris Doctor degree in 2005. He obtained a B.A. in History in 2002 from Saint Marys College of Maryland, the University of Marylands Honors College.

Before coming to the Law Offices of James Crawford, Zack practiced law at the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., and Robert Ades & Associates, P.C., where he earned a reputation for connecting with juries and clients and impeccable court preparation.

About the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr.

At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr we provide high quality, aggressive legal services for our clients. Jim Crawford is a dedicated and highly experienced trial lawyer who is a trusted member of the Maryland Bar. He is a serious trial lawyer who has handled thousands of cases for many years and is in a Courtroom almost every day of his working professional life. His experience is second to none. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you through your time of need. Please visit our website at http://www.jamescrawfordlaw.com.

McKinley Irvin Expands Practice to Include Estate Planning

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 26, 2012

McKinley Irvin, the Seattle-based law firm which exclusively practices divorce and family law, is announcing an expansion of its law services to now include estate planning. With this addition, clients of McKinley Irvin can now receive guidance on the difficult process of drafting a will.

While estate planning may not be on the forefront of everyones minds, these arrangements should be made by all families at some point, says David Starks, managing partner of McKinley Irvin. Our lawyers tailor each estate plan to fit the needs and wishes of each individual, so the process is pain free and our clients can rest assured knowing their estate planning needs have been taken care of.

With McKinley Irvins years of experience in divorce and family law, estate planning is a natural expansion of their services. It is well established that reviewing wills and estate plans should be a top priority for those going through a divorce, to prevent an ex-spouse from inheriting property or otherwise having control over assets in the event of incapacitation.

Digging up all the proper estate documentation required in divorce proceedings can be a real headache, says Starks. Our new service spares our clients from having to go through that process a second time when planning their estate or drafting a will, because most of the documents crossover.

Estate planning is not just important for asset distribution after death. It is also essential for child custody issues, burial instructions, and power of attorney or health care wishes should a person become incapacitated.

McKinley Irvins estate planning services are available immediately, and interested parties can contact their offices at contact(at)mckinleyirvin(dot)com.

About McKinley Irvin

Headquartered in Seattle and with offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, McKinley Irvin is a premier divorce and family law firm, and the largest family law firm in the state of Washington. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights of families since 1991handling complex family law cases involving divorce, custody and international matters.

Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) have recognized the firm and its attorneys for leadership in the practice of family law. For more information about McKinley Irvin, visit http://www.mckinleyirvin.com.

Family Acceptance Project Family Education Materials Designated 1st Best Practice Resources For Suicide Prevention For LGBT Youth By National Registry

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2012

With media reports of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth becoming increasingly common, communities are grappling with the urgent need to identify interventions to prevent suicide and suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. However, until today, no Best Practices have been identified or designated to help reduce vulnerability and risk among LGBT children, youth or adults.

Although recent media attention has focused primarily on the impact of bullying on self-harm behavior. suicide is typically the result of many interacting factors including depression, substance use and despair, in addition to environmental stressors. These complex interactions underscore the need for comprehensive suicide prevention strategies and interventions to change the environment at the systems level. For LGBT youth, family systems are especially important.

For the past decade, the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University, under the direction of Dr. Caitlin Ryan, has been studying the impact of family acceptance and rejection on suicide risk among LGBT youth. Published findings from these studies point to the critical role of families in both contributing to and protecting against suicidal behavior and risk among LGBT young people. FAPs multi-disciplinary team has been developing resources, interventions and strategies to help diverse families reduce risk and to promote their LGBT childrens well-being.

The first of these resources a multi-lingual, multi-cultural series of family education booklets Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families Support their LGBT Children have been designated as the first Best Practice resources for suicide prevention for LGBT youth and young adults by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

Coordinated by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and known as the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, the registry designates and maintains an expert-reviewed compendium of approved best practices to prevent suicide, all of which address specific aims of the national suicide prevention plan and have met objective criteria based on accuracy, safety, likelihood of meeting suicide prevention objectives, and adherence to prevention guidelines.

Available in specific cultural versions in English, Spanish and Chinese, Supportive Families, Healthy Children education booklets were developed based on extensive research and direct feedback from families, LGBT youth and the providers who serve them. The booklets help ethnically and religiously diverse families understand how specific reactions to their childrens LGBT identity both contribute to and protect against risk for suicide and related health problems. Research-based guidance for families is depicted non-judgmentally using personal stories, lists of behaviors that both protect against and are related to high risk for suicide and other serious health problems, and approaches to decrease family conflict and to increase support. FAPs core research and family education materials were supported by The California Endowment, a health foundation dedicated to expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities.

Said, Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project: Our work is grounded in rigorous research and rooted in the cultural experiences and values of scores of diverse LGBT youth and families. So these family education booklets resonate for very diverse families and help them decrease rejecting behaviors which our research shows — though motivated by care and concern instead contribute to serious health risks for LGBT young people. For example, our research shows that common rejecting behaviors such as trying to prevent LGBT youth from learning about their identity, not allowing them to have gay friends or not letting them participate in an LGBT youth group are related to a 9-times greater likelihood of attempted suicide.

In discussing the importance of FAPs family education materials, Dr. Ann Haas, Director of Prevention Projects for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, noted: For the past decade, Dr. Ryan and her team have undertaken foundational research on the role of families and related social institutions in contributing to protective factors and risk for suicidal behavior among LGBT young people. They have turned that research into powerful prevention tools for diverse families. Used in programs across the country, these tools will save lives.

More than 100,000 copies of the family education booklets have been disseminated across the U.S. and other countries for use in schools, primary care and behavioral health programs, foster care and juvenile justice services, family service agencies, suicide prevention programs, and in pastoral counseling and faith-based organizations. Additionally, the booklets are used in colleges, universities and professional training programs and by government agencies.

Agencies and community groups that use the Family Acceptance Projects Best Practice materials and family intervention approach report substantial positive changes in prevention and practice:

Florida Public Health Institute Names Roderick King, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Director: King Supports Institutes Mission to Advance Knowledge and Practice of Public Health

Lake Worth, FL (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director of Florida Public Health Institute (FPHI) today announced the appointment of Roderick Kenneth King, M.D., M.P.H. as Deputy Director.

Dr. Kings rich experiences with diverse and underserved communities in the United States and internationally affords him the unique ability to create and implement strategies that lead positive change in health care, public health, and health policy, said Dr. Fox. He will be an excellent addition to the Institute as his background is very much in line with FPHIs mission.

Dr. Kings extensive medical and health academic training include a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University; M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, where he earned the Honors in Research Award as an NIH Young Investigator; M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health; Council for Excellence in Government and University of North Carolina School of Public Healths Kenan-Flagler Business School.

I am honored to accept this position and look forward to supporting the Florida Public Health Institute on many levels in my new role as Deputy Director. We are at a critical juncture in the health of our citizenry, and Im committed to advancing the health of Floridians in whatever ways I can. said Dr. King.

Dr. Roderick K. King is currently the President of Next Generation Consulting Group, an organization that uses strategic planning, leadership, organizational development, and evaluation to build healthy communities. In addition, Dr. King is faculty in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Center, and formerly Director of the Program on Cultural Competence in Research in Harvard Clinical Translational Science Center (Harvard Catalyst).

He most recently served as the Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), New England Regional Division and as a Commander in the US Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HRSA, he was responsible for the management of $ 190M in grants; the supervision of staff and activities in Primary Care, Maternal and Child Health, and the National Health Service Corp; and for improving their individual and collective performance within their local community and state to meet the needs of underserved populations. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council for Excellence in Government Fellow and received numerous awards and citations for his work in developing a performance evaluation system for HRSA grant programs and the development of HRSA

Houston TX Periodontist, Dr. J. Robert Friedberg, Prompts Local Patients to Practice Preventive Dentistry This October For Dental Hygiene Month

Houston TX (PRWEB) October 21, 2012

J. Robert Friedberg, DMD, is advocating preventive dentistry in honor of dental hygiene month, encouraging patients to prevent gum disease before it reaches extensive stages that require laser surgery. As a periodontist, Dr. Friedberg wants his patients to understand how far preventive dentistry can go to eliminate costly dental procedures.

One of the first things that Dr. Friedberg works on is encouraging patients to educate their children in the proper way to care for teeth. From the moment the first tooth erupts, parents should take action and keep their children’s teeth brushed and flossed. As soon as children can understand how to do it alone, they can begin to learn the proper methods of caring for their teeth. When a child learns the correct techniques, they will be armed with knowledge that will serve them well throughout their entire life.

In addition, getting a child into the habit of visiting the periodontist or dentist every six months is not only a good habit, but it can help that child potentially save hundreds of dollars on dental care throughout their lifetime. While it is important for proper at-home dental care to take place, it must be accompanied by regular professional checkups. Only dental professionals have the tools and skills necessary to check for such things as oral cancer, gum disease and tooth decay. Checking for such issues on a regular basis is an important part of preventing them.

People who don’t take care of their smiles have a greater probability of succumbing to gum disease and tooth loss. Those who want to keep their own teeth for the rest of their lives must learn proper methods of caring for those teeth. By becoming educated on the prescribed techniques for at-home care and by making regular visits to the dentist, one will have a protection plan in place. For additional information on techniques for preventive dentistry, visit http://www.houston-perio.com.

J. Robert Friedberg is a periodontist offering patients personalized dental care for Houston, Texas. Dr. Friedberg received his undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut where he also completed a three year residency in periodontology. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Friedberg and his dental services visit his website at http://www.houston-perio.com and call (281) 674-7754.

Legal Expert on Relationships opens Mediation Practice Author of three books on relationship issues now available as a private family law mediator

(PRWEB) April 7, 2004

Legal Expert on Relationships opens Mediation Practice Author of three books on relationship issues now available as a private family law mediator.

Out-of-control expenses. Lengthy delays. Emotional trauma. Cookie-cutter solutions to unique problems. All symptoms of traditional divorce litigation, a brutal system for solving the problems of the most intimate relationships of your life.

After increasing dissatisfaction with the ability of the system to serve her clients, Johnette Duff, Attorney at Law, first turned to educating the public by writing The Spousal Equivalent Handbook: a legal and financial guide to living together, The Marriage Handbook: a legal and financial guide to your spousal rights, and Love After 50: the complete legal and financial guide . Ms. Duff has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, in The Wall Street Journal, Self, New Woman, Smart Money and Modern Maturity and has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows.

Mediation took her crusade a step further. Mediation is faster, cheaper, and arguably more healing than a court battle. After successfully mediating family law disputes in conjunction with her law practice in Texas, Ms. Duff has re-located to Southern California and turned her energies to her website http://www.loveandthelaw.com and private mediations, abandoning the courtroom in her ongoing efforts to help couples find solutions.

A mediator is a neutral third party who can ask incisive questions, cut through the anger and the hurt, and facilitate a more rational decision-making process. Mediation can be particularly beneficial when children are involved. Since spouses can’t just walk away from each other, and must learn to re-relate to each other as co-parents, adversarial litigation only exacerbates this process.

Ms. Duff brings interpersonal and communication skills to the table, along with her extensive experience. The combination can help couples (and their attorneys, if appropriate) bring active input to an agreement, allowing control of decisions impacting their lives for years to come.

Ms. Duff also has unusual experience in what has been called “the capital punishment” of family law: parental termination. She was a founder under a Children’s Justice Act grant to the 306th District Court in Galveston to mediate Children’s Protective Services cases both upon initial pickup and again prior to termination, working closely with the court, CPS administrators and the District Attorney. During her eighteen-month involvement in this project, Ms. Duff successfully mediated all but one of the cases she received after initial removal of the child from the home – and in that case, the judge returned the child the next day after deeming the pickup inappropriate.

She may be reached at johnetteduff@aol.com.