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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Questions Recent Decision to Suspend Services for Vulnerable Immigrant Youth

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 8, 2009

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) questions the recent decision by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to suspend services for vulnerable immigrant youth and asks for an immediate review of the practice.

The passage of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 enabled children in ORR custody who have been granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) to be admitted into a foster care program that would provide them with critical services such as case management, education, mental health counseling and job training. These children have been deemed by the state and ORR to have been neglected, abused or abandoned by a parent. However, last week ORR informed LIRS that it would temporarily stop admitting these minors into the program due to budgetary constraints. This decision leaves children in temporary ORR custody until their 18th birthday when they are faced with being placed into an adult detention facility or released to a homeless shelter without the necessary support services.

Acting LIRS President Anne P. Wilson explains, “When the government grants SIJS to children who have been subjected to domestic violence, abuse or neglect, the government acknowledges their particular vulnerability and provides them with a green card and makes them eligible for much needed services. Denying services to these minors will have a profound and lasting effect on their lives.”

As a result of this decision, minors in U.S. custody who have already been abandoned, abused and neglected by their families face abandonment once again with no possibility of the continued care or services they desperately need. Just this week two young men seeking SIJS protection turned 18 while in ORR custody. One was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and placed into an adult immigration detention facility. This is the very same detention system that DHS announced this week is in need of major reform. The other child is being relocated to a local homeless shelter. These young men who want to work hard to rebuild their lives in the United States are now left with no home, few rights and little recourse.

“For the sake of these migrant youth at risk, we strongly urge HHS to reconsider this decision,” states LIRS Vice President for Protection and Programs Susan Krehbiel. “We further ask that the administration review the implementation of the law and Congress consider the urgent funding needs of ORR to ensure the protection of these vulnerable children. These two young men who turned 18 this week have already aged out of their eligibility for the foster care program, but it is not too late for others still in ORR’s care.”

Each year LIRS serves unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children who arrive to the United States alone, without the protection and the loving care of a parent or guardian. Through its foster care and family reunification programs LIRS finds homes for these vulnerable migrant children and provides the support services necessary to help them grow up to be healthy, productive adults.

Since 1939 LIRS has created welcoming communities for America’s newcomers. It is one of the nation’s leading agencies serving refugees and immigrants. The organization resettles refugees, protects migrant children, advocates for just treatment of asylum seekers, seeks alternatives to immigration detention and stands for unity for families fractured by unfair laws. To learn more about LIRS’s work of welcome, please visit http://www.lirs.org.


Albuquerque, NM- Recent marital settlements have been overturned after the discovery of hidden assets. District Courts want all assets disclosed.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) December 16, 2009

Women who are planning a divorce should find hidden assets prior to hiring an attorney and filing the petition. Several recent marital settlement agreements have been overturned by District Court Judges based on improper disclosure of assets by one party. Divorces are expensive but a bad divorce can torment the former spouses for a lifetime. New Mexico District Courts want a fair an equitable distribution of assets according to state law. Robb Hamic is a licensed Private Investigator and asset location specialist. He has listed some information to help women sort out the details so they can prevail in a marital settlement agreement.

The “Community Property” acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage, which is not separate property, is divisible upon the termination of the marriage. (New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 40-3-8, 40-4-7). Child support is covered under New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 27-2-27, 40-4-7, 40-4-11. “I am shocked at how many men try to hide assets from their wives. Many men have elaborate schemes set up to conceal money, investments, 401K assets, land or houses and income,” says Robb Hamic, President of http://summitsecurity.accountsupport.com/securityservices.htm#privateinvestigation Summit Security & Investigation. “Men often use confusion, threats and intimidation to force their spouses to sign off on a divorce that isn’t fair,” he says. Many of Mr. Hamic’s clients contact him prior to hiring an attorney so that they can document hidden assets, income, activity, abuse, children issues and to find answers to their questions. “Divorces can be confusing and I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge with my clients so that they can clarify any misconceptions,” says Mr. Hamic.

New Mexico is considered a “Community Property” state. Community property is defined as all property and debt that was acquired from the date of marriage until legal separation (New Mexico Statutes – Article 4 – Sections: 40-4-7) or divorce. The community assets will be split equally by the District Court if the spouses are unable to reach an agreement. Many spouses are not fully aware of the financial affairs of the other party. Many people are concerned that money is missing, values are incorrect or that other assets were acquired during the marriage either in the name of the spouse,relative or a company.

http://www.robbhamic.com Robb Hamic is an investigation professional with ten years of private experience prior to being a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Detective, specializing in White-Collar crime. Robb has been hired by many high-profile attorneys in New Mexico and Nevada for pre-divorce asset searches and investigative documentation. Mr. Hamic works directly with clients to uncover the truth and acts as an advocate for their safety. Mr. Hamic combines a blend of investigative services, personal protection, anti-stalking, self-defense training and counter-surveillance methods to meet his client’s needs. “The personal protection aspect of my business has grown with every new case, it seems. I give http://www.femaleselfdefense.com women empowerment through self defense and awareness] through self-defense, awareness training, weapons sales and personal bodyguard services,” adds Hamic.

Robb Hamic typically works for medium to high net-worth individuals dealing in property settlements of at least $ 500,000. His fees are hourly based plus expenses and he works from a retainer agreement with his clients. Contact Mr. Hamic on his cellular phone for a confidential evaluation.


Recent Study Reveals That Home Smoking Bans Often Fail To Protect Asthmatic Children

State College, PA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011

Many inner city youths are still being exposed to unhealthy levels of tobacco smoke, according to studies presented in the June issue of the Journal of Asthma and featured in The Spit Report, the electronic newsletter on current salivary research published by Salimetrics. In the study, a team of researchers led by Dr. Arlene Butz from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore examined exposure to secondhand smoke in households with asthmatic children. Although these families had tried to implement smoking bans within the home, measurement of salivary levels of cotinine, a derivative of nicotine, indicate that the children were still being exposed to significant amounts of secondhand smoke.

The exposure to smoke was especially higher for children 3-5 years of age compared to their older siblings, presumably due to practical difficulties in separating these younger children from their principal caregivers, who are most often the main smokers in the households. The study reveals that additional counseling is needed to help families establish more effective smoking bans in the home and to recognize more accurately the symptoms of asthma in their children.

Previous studies on the effects of smoking on child health have often relied on self-reported smoking levels, but problems with memory or false reporting are thought to have affected the validity of these studies findings. Cotinine is the preferred analyte for monitoring exposure to tobacco products, and measurement of cotinine in saliva allows researchers to quantify more accurately the amount of smoke exposure without the need to draw blood.

Additional studies presented in the Salimetrics newsletter include one that examines relationships between secondhand smoke and diseases in children such as hyperactivity and conduct disorder, as well as two others that discuss programs to reduce smoking in pregnant women.

About Salimetrics:

Founded in 1998, Salimetrics, LLC supports researchers, the immunodiagnostic industry, and functional testing laboratories around the world with innovative salivary immunoassay products and services. Salimetrics assay kits and CLIA-certified testing services measure biomarkers related to stress, behavior and development, Inflammation, and immune function, including: alpha-amylase, androstenedione, blood contamination, chromogranin A, cortisol, cotinine, C-reactive protein, DHEA, DHEA-S, estradiol, estriol, estrone, IL-1b, IL-6, melatonin, progesterone, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, secretory IgA, testosterone, and TNF-a. Salimetrics also provides salivary DNA analysis. The company is based in State College, Pennsylvania, with offices in the UK and distributors in Europe, Australasia, and South America. For more information, visit Salimetrics on the web at http://www.salimetrics.com.

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PublicRecordFinder.com Warns Perspective Parents Seeking Adoption To Be Cautious of Recent Scam

(PRWEB) September 30, 2011

PublicRecordFinder.com, a leading provider of online public records search, knows that most adoption agencies and birth parents are honest people. But PublicRecordFinder.com warns that sometimes in adoption there are ill-intentioned people who take advantage of others hopes and dreams. The Internet has enabled scammers to prey on a couples challenging situation – to forgo having a child of their own and adopt from a stranger- for their own gain.

Adoption scams take three forms. Sometimes the birth parent is not actually pregnant. Other times, the birth parent promises her child to more than one couple. The other alternative is that the birth parent is pregnant, but does not intend to give up her baby. Adoptive parents are most at risk if they are attempting to find a birth mother without the help of an adoption agency.

Fraudulent mothers will seek out private newspaper adoption ads or locate prospective parents on Internet sites that specialize in connecting birth mothers to adoptive parents.

The scam starts once the connection or commitment is made. The mother may ask for living expenses or for assistance with financial responsibilities relating to the baby. She might ask for the adoptive parents to place a significant amount of money up front. The scammer may ask for a place to live until the child is born. Many adoptive parents will give whatever the birth mother asks to ensure she is happy so she will still be willing to give them the child. The birth mother will disappear once she had received enough money from the couple, dashing their hopes.

PublicRecordFinder.com hopes to protect adoptive parents from being victims by offering the following warning signs:

Two Recent Infant Abductions Shed Light on Need for Infant Protection Systems in Hospitals

Franklin, WI (PRWEB) September 05, 2012

It is a new mothers worst nightmare; in the days after giving birth, her newborn baby is abducted from the hospital or birthing center as she rests. While this threat is rare, it is real, as recent incidents including one at Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA on August 23rd and another attempted infant abduction in Southern California make clear. As is common with infant abductors, Breona Moore, 19, of McKeesport had been telling her family that she was pregnant for months. Last Thursday, she entered the room of Rhonda King and her 3-day old baby Bryce at the Magee-Womens Hospital after telling a nurse she was Ms. Kings sister. According to Ms. Kings grandmother, Thelma Broughton, the suspect entered the room posing as a nurse. “She said she was taking the baby to get a checkup, that she would bring the baby right back. But she never came back.”

A press release from Magee-Womens Hospital states that a nurse removed the infants security tag at 12:34 p.m. just prior to the mother and baby being released. A security camera shows a woman later identified as Breona Moore leaving the hospital with the baby at 1 p.m. “At 1:15 p.m., the father alerted the staff that the family was ready to depart and then it was determined that the baby was missing. Hospital staff immediately searched the unit and followed other internal security procedures. Police were called at 1:44 p.m.” A tip from the suspects family led police to the suspect and the successful recovery of the infant unharmed. “The baby abducted today from Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has been examined by our physicians and found to be in good health,” said the release. “Mother and baby have been reunited.” The statement goes on to say that, “While we will review our security procedures, it was obvious that our training and internal drills prepared us to respond quickly in cooperation with both the Pittsburgh Police and the FBI. Everyone did a great job and we are grateful for a positive outcome.

In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the abduction, the reporters interviewed several people who have given birth at Magee-Womens Hospital about security procedures. While all acknowledged the protocols in place, one father of triplets, who spent two months in Magee’s neonatal unit, commented on the frequent number of false alarms he heard during his time there. When a mother and baby reach the postpartum room, a tag with an RFID security chip in it is placed around the infants ankle. The security chip triggers an alarm if it ever gets loose or cut: lights flash, doors lock, and an announcement comes over the public address system that “a ‘hugs’ band has come loose.” Several other parents said that the security tags often fell off and created false alarms.

False alarms can be caused by security bands falling off of infants in the days after their birth due to improper application, postpartum weight loss, or by radio frequency interference caused by nearby machinery or other outside signals. Maintaining a safe environment can be a challenge when persistent false alarms reduce the urgency of addressing each new alert. False alarms on maternity floors are disruptive and upsetting to new parents and can harm the quiet environment fostered by nursing staff. They may also lead to alarm fatigue, which reduces the urgency required to respond. Infant protection systems must be sophisticated enough to overcome these challenges and remain a trusted and effective security tool. The Cuddles system from Accutech Security addresses these issues with several key features. The Cuddles infant protection system self-adjusting soft band bracelet compensates for postpartum weight loss and avoids the false alarms that come with slippage. The soft, cushioned band is also comfortable and wont irritate newborn skin, so it can be applied snuggly when the baby is born. Cuddles has the lowest interference rate of any infant protection system as it operates at a unique frequency thats just below the maximum mandated by the Department of Defense, making the system less prone to outside influences that cause false alarms. In addition, there is a mother and baby match option to protect against accidental baby switching.

While incidents of babies being switched or abducted from a hospital or birthing center do not happen often, when they do, it serves as a reminder for the importance of a vigilant, well-trained staff and protective technology that triggers an alarm if an infant is taken out of the unit or their wristband is cut. Mother and baby match technology also ensures that there is never a mistaken identity leading to parents taking home the wrong child. These critical technology components must work consistently, be operated easily and be trusted by nurses and staff in order to be effective in keeping maternity wards secure and new patients safe.

About Accutech

Accutech has engineered, manufactured, distributed and serviced radio frequency identification (RFID) and wireless products since 1985. They are an industry leader in the infant protection, resident wandering and pediatric elopement fields, with ongoing development, implementation and integration of healthcare related security systems. Their markets primarily consist of hospitals, birthing centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, sub-acute facilities and even residential homes. All Accutech systems are manufactured in the U.S. and backed by the industrys most comprehensive customer support program.

London Private Investigator Responds to Recent Article Published by BBC Education and Family News: Separated fathers to gain legal right to see children

(PRWEB UK) 12 November 2012

A letter to MPs from the Childrens Minister, Edward Timpson announced the proposed changes to child access laws in 2013. The letter states that both parents should have the chance to play a positive role in their childrens lives when it is safe and in their best interests. This is good news for fathers rights groups but seen as unnecessary by legal experts.

The main concern is for the welfare of the children involved and many believe that the current legislation adequately provides the right protection but others believe the legislation is preventing families from enjoying a meaningful relationship with both parents after divorce or separation.

London Private Investigators is often called upon to conduct matrimonial and family investigations. Family investigations can often contain surveillance sessions to watch children who are part of a separated family that are visiting a parent they do not live with. We are asked to ensure that the child or children are safe and that they are well cared for.

A spokesperson from London Private Investigators said:

We have carried out surveillance on many family visits where the parent and child clearly have a valuable, meaningful and loving relationship. These are the people I feel will benefit from the new changes in the law

London Private Investigators along with their sister company UK Private Investigators is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.

Houston Divorce and Family Law Firm Busby & Lee Report Recent Changes to the Texas Family Code

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) September 16, 2007

Keeping clients and consumers alike apprised of changes in the law that could impact decisions they make, Houston divorce and family law firm Busby & Lee report changes in the Texas Family Code in an ongoing effort to keep the public informed.

According to attorneys of Busby & Lee, effective September 1, 2007, the Texas Family Code adapted a number of new changes. Among the most significant include:

Under the Standard Possession Order, the exchange date during Christmas holidays has changed from December 26 to December 28. This is because school districts are generally changing their Christmas holiday periods so that the start date of those periods is moved closer to Christmas day — which reduces the time of parents having possession during the first half of the Christmas holidays.

Temporary orders do not require a temporary parenting plan. Also, submission of parenting plans is no longer required before final hearing. However, under the new language, a parenting plan may be submitted before final hearing.

The child support cap has been increased from $ 6,000.00 (in net resources) per month to $ 7,500.00 (in net resources) per month. Also, the cap will be adjusted every six years to reflect inflation.

The child support obligation terminates on the date on which the child begins active service after enlistment in the armed forces. Additionally, the death of an obligor is no longer an event of termination of child support.

Where the parent-child relationship between the child and every living parent has been terminated, an adult sibling of the child, a grandparent of the child, an aunt who is a sister of a parent of the child, or an uncle who is a brother of a parent of the child has standing to file suit for modification requesting managing conservatorship. This is provided that the suit is filed no later than the 90th day after the date the parent-child relationship is terminated in a suit filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Busby & Lee is a full-service family law firm which works on adoptions, Attorney General and child support cases, CPS cases, contempt actions, military divorces, modifications of visitation and custody orders, motions to terminate wage orders, paternity cases, and protective/temporary restraining orders. To learn more about Busby & Lee , visit http://www.busby-lee.com. Or call, (866) 912-9382.

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uKnowKids Provides Sexual Predator Prevention Tips and Resources for Residents of Washington, DC in Light of Recent News.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 11, 2013

According to CBS DC, a teacher at McKinley Technology High School in northeast has been arrested for the production of child pornography after sending and receiving sexually explicit photos with male students. The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids, wants to offer child predator safety and tips to residents of Washington, DC and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from being involved in incidents like this.

uKnowKids is an online service based in Arlington, VA, that makes parenting easier and keeps children safe online. It offers an exceptional image monitoring service that can easily alert parents if a predator is sending inappropriate pictures to their child, either by phone or social network site. uKnowKids also offers location monitoring, as well as real-time charts and graphs that analyze a childs digital trends, free educational content and sense of community.

uKnow.coms own co-founders son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter with a predator. Since that time, Tim Woda has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as possible. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their childs online and mobile activities so stories like his and so many others never have to happen again.

Tim offers these tips for parents to prevent contact with online and mobile predators and the sharing of inappropriate pictures:

—Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the technology devices your child is using on their phones, including social network sites, gaming systems, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even know existed.

—Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone, he or she should be well-aware of any pre established house rules. Discuss your expectations for mobile behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, but also discuss the potential legal and social repercussions of sending inappropriate pictures or spreading them online, whether they are of your child or not.

—Be a vigilant parent. Know who your child is talking to and who is trying to talk to them. The more information you have about their interactions on their phone, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Parental Intelligence systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.

There are lessons that every parent and child need to learn from the incident in Washington, DC, and Tim and his family know about them firsthand. Tim is open to speaking

more about his story and the lessons he learned so parents will take notice and keep their children safe online. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about online and mobile predator safety tips, uKnowKids or product distribution, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.

About uKnow.com

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, uKnow.com makes parenting easier and keeps kids safer online and on the mobile phone. uKnow.com powers the world’s leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, SafeCyberKids.com, MySocialScout.net, P911Safety.com and others. For more information visit http://www.uknow.com


Family Law Attorney Discusses Recent Expansion of Ohio’s Grandparent’s Rights

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) March 28, 2013

Parts of House Bill 279 (signed into law December 20, 2012) will go into effect on March 20, 2013. Under this new law, notice is to be provided within 30 days to all grandparents and other adult relatives of a child, whenever temporary custody of a child is given to a public childrens service agency, or placing agency, as the result of any filing in juvenile court. This legislation also encourages agencies to place siblings together with family members, where appropriate.

Grandparent rights are also expanded by this new law by its changing the rules for parental rights power of attorney and caretaker authorization affidavits. Under current law, the parental rights power of attorney allowed a childs parent, guardian, or custodian to grant to a grandparent with whom a child is residing, any or all of the rights and responsibilities regarding the care, physical custody, and control of a child, including enrollment in school, obtaining medical information, and giving consent to medical or dental treatments. The caretaker authorization affidavit is a similar document, but is utilized where a child is living with a grandparent who has made reasonable attempts to locate and contact the parents, but has been unable to do so. The caretaker authorization affidavit provides for the same authorities as the parental rights powers of attorney but may be signed and filed by the grandparent without the signature of the absent parents.

Neither document gives the right to consent to the marriage or adoption of the child, nor do they grant legal custody to the recipient. Under prior law, these documents terminated upon issuance of a court order, revocation by the person who created it, the cessation of the childs residing with the grandparent, or they expired on their own after one year from its inception. The new law eliminates the prior one-year expiration provision and more importantly, it allows a grandparent to file a complaint in juvenile court seeking a determination of custody if the power of attorney is revoked or the child is removed from the grandparents residence. This complaint must be filed within 14 days of the revocation or removal. Until a hearing and final decision is rendered, the court may make any temporary orders it deems necessary to protect the best interest of the child. In cases where the power of attorney is revoked, the grandparent may retain the child at its residence until the expiration of the 14 day filing period or, once a complaint is filed, until the court Orders otherwise.

The Law Office of Brian S. Piper is a law office located in Westerville, Ohio, that handles family law cases and can be of assistance in all cases involving grandparent rights and custody issues. You can contact the Law Offices of Brian Piper by visiting them on the web at http://www.brianpiperlawoffice.com or by phone at 614-895-5500

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Autism Awareness Month Brings New Survey – One in 50 U.S. Schoolchildren Have Autism: What the Recent Statistic Tells Us

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 23, 2013

A Special Needs Plan provides education, action and support for families in alleviating that worry and in putting together a plan to secure and protect the futures of these children.

Special Needs Planning is a new term to most. It is a process that identifies the financial, legal, and lifetime needs for family and loved ones. Special Needs Planning does not end with the identification of these needs, but includes the necessary action steps that families need to take to ensure a bright future for every family member. Please be advised that due to the complexity of this type of planning, finding a qualified and experienced professional is imperative.

Ryan Platt, Founder of A Special Needs Plan, has served families with special needs in such planning for over 7 years. Over the years, many parents have expressed that the thought of planning weighs heavily on their hearts, and that they are concerned for their childs future if the parents were no longer alive. However, most families do not know where to start in researching and then finding an expert in the field of Special Needs Planning. This is why 73% of families are simply working with other family members in an attempt to assemble a proper plan. This lack of expertise results in only 7% of families having a true, comprehensive, and functional plan. (Living with Autism Study conducted by Easter Seals).