(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:
Fairfield, Ohio (PRWEB) November 28, 2011
Paternity has been pushed into the national spotlight by the recent allegations toward teen pop star Justin Bieber. While tabloids buzz with celebrity paternity stories, thousands of men across the country face the same issue daily and turn to DNA paternity testing to either confirm or refute their relationship to children. According to DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), the largest provider of private paternity testing worldwide, questions about paternity testing from men have increased annually and now account for about 40% of all inquiries.
As one of the leading companies in DNA testing, were seeing an increase in calls by men seeking paternity answers, especially for cases where there are disputes or where chain of custody is important, said Dr. Michael Baird, chief science officer for DDC. In the case of DDC, were an accredited AABB laboratory that maintains a chain of custody reporting structure to ensure results of a test can be presented in court, if needed.
About 500,000 paternity cases were performed in the United States last year, according to the AABB (aabb.org), the professional society that accredits paternity testing laboratories, in its latest annual report. Establishing paternity is important for the child to have access to legal and social benefits (including social security, veterans and inheritance benefits), provides an accurate medical history and strengthens the bond between father and child. In fact, most state laws require an unmarried couple to complete an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) at the hospital to establish parental rights.
If there are any questions about who the father is, a DNA test is recommended, Dr. Baird states. About 1 out of every 3 tested alleged fathers is found to not be the biological father of a child. After an AOP is provided to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, couples have the option of amending the document with a DNA paternity test to confirm parental rights or fathers have the option of securing a DNA test to establish paternity. However, there is a limited time for the validation to take place. Until that time, parental rights are not fully protected.
In addition to paternity testing services, DDC also provides expert DNA testing for family relationship, adoption, immigration, forensics and ancestry. For more information on DDC visit online at dnacenter.com or call 800-362-2368.
For 16 years, DDC has been the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA tests in the U.S. and worldwide, offering comprehensive DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, cell line authentication, and ancestry. The Company is also known for its groundbreaking technologies, including an exclusive license for the most innovative and accurate non-invasive prenatal paternity test using SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) Microarray Technology, which only requires a simple blood draw from the mother and alleged father. Other services provided by DDC include DDC Veterinary, the animal DNA testing division, which provides innovative, quality DNA testing for companion and sport animals. DDC was the first to adopt robotics technology in its laboratory processes, ensuring highly stringent and efficient handling of DNA samples. DDCs unique Dual Process ensures all professionally collected DNA samples are independently tested twice producing legal results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC is recognized through a number of accreditations nationally and internationally achieving perfect ratings in its past 16 inspections including those performed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International and follows the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines, which attests to DDCs superior forensic testing service. For more information: http://www.dnacenter.com or 1-800-362-2368.
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Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 29, 2011
The family law attorneys at the Chartered Law Offices of Troum & Wallsh have extensive experience representing individuals in a number of family law matters, including dissolution of marriage.
According to the Orlando divorce lawyers at the firm, dissolution of marriage often requires a lot of paperwork that must be filed within a timely manner. The paperwork details the provisions involving matters such as property distribution, child custody, child support, spousal support and more.
Because these documents are binding and affect the future of the divorcing spouses as well as their children, it is important that each party completely understands and agrees with all the terms. If you are going through a divorce, the attorneys at the Chartered Law Offices of Troum & Wallsh can explain the process, draft the necessary documents, and clarify all the terms so you know exactly what to expect.
There are several issues that need to be resolved during a divorce. And, whether you are handling your divorce through mediation or family court, an experienced divorce attorney can make sure that your best interests are protected and can help you reach a resolution that you feel comfortable with.
If you are going through a divorce, or are considering divorce, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure you handle the process appropriately. The Orlando divorce lawyers at the Chartered Law Offices of Troum & Wallsh recognize the difficulty of these situations and will do whatever it takes to get you through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
About The Chartered Law Offices of Troum & Wallsh
The Chartered Law Offices of Troum & Wallsh represent clients throughout the state of Florida in a number of family law matters. The firm prides itself on being responsive to its clients and has earned a reputation for providing dedicated legal services from the initial consultation through to conclusion. The firm offers initial consultations for people in Orlando that are seeking divorce.
To schedule an initial consultation with an Orlando divorce lawyer, please call 1-866-433-1087.
New York City, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 05, 2011
With some 4,000 lawsuits filed to date in various state and federal courts against a single maker of artificial hips, interest among lawyers to learn the finer points of such litigation is increasing, according to plaintiffs attorney Ellen Relkin, Esq., of the New York mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg PC.
The firm announced that Relkin will be on hand Dec. 8 to educate law colleagues about metal-on-metal hip-implant litigation when the American Association for Justice (AAJ) convenes a half-day seminar on that topic at the Hilton New York Hotel in Manhattan.
Relkin joins a number of other leading litigators from major law firms across the nation who, with her, will serve as seminar faculty, Weitz & Luxenberg indicated.
A past-chair of the AAJs section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts and current co-chair of its Hydroxycut Litigation Group, Relkin in her day-to-day practice focuses on pharmaceutical, medical-device product liability and toxic-tort litigation, Weitz & Luxenberg said.
The AAJs educational event is billed as the “DePuy Hip Implant Seminar,” so named because DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. of Warsaw, Ind., is the medical-device manufacturer at the center of the many court cases, according to the National Law Journal in an article published Oct. 31 and entitled “Hips Will be Huge Next Year” by Amanda Bronstad.
“[There have been] about 3,500 lawsuits filed against DePuy over its ASR hip implants, which the company recalled on Aug. 24, 2010,” the National Law Journal reported. “About 93,000 patients worldwide have had the devices implanted one reason why plaintiffs’ attorneys predict the litigation will be huge….This year, hip-implant litigation has been a top subject at conferences for the plaintiffs’ bar across the country.”
Relkin, featured in that National Law Journal article, explained why many attorneys are interested in litigating against DePuy. “More than 2,200 cases involving the devices are pending in a federal multidistrict proceeding in Toledo, Ohio,” she told the national legal periodical, which added that “[o]n Dec. 7, [2010,] the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized the litigation over the ASR hip implant before U.S. District Judge David Katz in Toledo [case number MDL 2197 U.S. District Court, Toledo, Ohio]. The plaintiffs’ executive committee is a six-member team co-chaired by Relkin….Thirteen lawyers sit on the plaintiffs’ steering committee, four on a science committee, six on a discovery committee and two on a law-and-motions committee.”
[One month after the article was published, the tally of Multidistrict Litigation filings had risen to nearly 3,000, Relkin said.]
“In the federal ASR litigation, more than 100 lawyers vied for four hours during a recent hearing for appointment to various plaintiffs’ leadership committees,” the National Law Journal wrote in summarizing further remarks by Relkin, who was named co-lead counsel of that federal litigation. About 500 law firms are involved in the litigation, the journal reported her as saying [that number has now reached 600 and includes firms from 46 states plus Puerto Rico].
“Typically, there are several dozen firms that really specialize in pharmaceutical and medical-device litigation….But because this was recalled and there were people all over the country having problems, many different lawyers have taken on the case,” she was quoted as telling the publication.
Weitz & Luxenberg announced that it already has in suit 115 cases on behalf of patients whose DePuy ASR hip implants failed and that it expects to file several hundred more such cases in due course.
Weitz & Luxenberg said that it also currently represents numerous victims of the failed Zimmer Durom acetabular cup, another metal-on-metal mono-block hip implant. That litigation is centered in federal court in New Jersey, where the Multidistrict Litigation is now pending. Relkin, certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, is preparing Zimmer Durom Cup cases for trial in Newark, N.J.
At the upcoming DePuy Hip Implant Seminar, attendees will hear about plaintiff case-specific tactics, defense tactics, tips for jury selection, bellwether trial selection and the latest information concerning DePuy litigation, among other relevant matters, the AAJ disclosed. For more information about the seminar, visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/14762.htm
About Weitz & Luxenberg:
Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nations leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenbergs numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenbergs more than 20 years of handling such cases begin by contacting the firms Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations(at)weitzlux(dot)com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.weitzlux.com
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 06, 2013
As unrest continues throughout the Middle East and the Hebrew calendar nears the end of another year, the Israel Tennis Centers reports a dramatic increase in the number of children at risk seeking help and services from the ITCs various social impact programs. In response, the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation announced an ambitious new round of events to galvanize support and insure that every child who needs help can find it at any of the ITCs 14 centers throughout Israel.
We are proud of the work that we are doing to serve and protect the youth of Israel, said Benjamin Beiler, CEO of MPC Containment Systems in Chicago and President of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation. But we cannot for one moment be complacent with our accomplishments. We see our numbers steadily rising and we know that the needs of our children at risk are more acute than ever.
The ITC uses tennis as a tool to improve the lives of disadvantaged Israeli children of all backgrounds, addressing their physical, psychological and social needs. The programs serve children with special needs, from autism and ADHD to Down Syndrome and developmental disabilities. Another key area is ITCs coexistence program, bringing together children from different religions, promoting understanding and encouraging friendships on and off the tennis court.
To support these important initiatives, the ITC has scheduled a record number of events in the month of August:
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Without preparation, many tenth grade girls will be unprepared for their final years of high school and will be left feeling dazed, confused, and wondering what just happened. Author Savannah Taylors 10 Things Every 10th-Grade Girl Should Know ($ 15.99, paperback, 978-1-60957-217-4) discusses the top ten things that affect the lives of young women ages 15-17 from a biblical perspective without hiding behind political correctness. It provides real talk to teen girls at the most critical stage of their lives regarding the top ten issues they will face during this season.
Just about everyone knows a 15- or 16-year-old in need of guidance, but perhaps feels powerless in being able to do or say anything, the author says. 10 Things Every 10th-Grade Girl Should Know is a tool that puts power into the hands of concerned loved ones. It also empowers teens who are earnestly seeking direction in a generation filled with mixed messages.
Armed with a masters degree in social work, Taylor has been working as a social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for several years. And, she says, I have noticed a pattern with regards to the many cases that plague our society. When interviewing clients, many women recall making wrong choices and going down the wrong path around age sixteen, which is a critical transitioning time between childhood and adulthood. As a result, DCFS begins preparing 16-year-olds with an Independent Living Plan (ILP). This book can be considered an ILP for 16-year-olds across the nation, she adds.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the worlds largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order 10 Things Every 10th-Grade Girl Should Know through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. 10 Things Every 10th Grade Girl Should Know is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012
Comedian Alec Mapa will headline an event about parenting for the LGBT community on Tuesday, December 4, 7:009:00 p.m., at Hadid Gallery in West Hollywood. The event is sponsored by RaiseAChild.US, a nonprofit organization that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption.
Mapa, best known for his roles on ABCs Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, will open the event with an excerpt from his stand-up show, Baby Daddy, which chronicles the journey he took with his husband in 2010 to foster and adopt their now seven-year-old son. The event will include a panel discussion featuring LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
On the occasion of National Adoption Month, RaiseAChild.US is producing the recruitment event in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the foster and adoption agencies Penny Lane Centers, Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency (SCFFAA), Kidsave International and The Village Family Services.
The Los Angeles campaign includes radio PSAs on KPCC and KCRW, as well as streetlight banners and bus advertisements with images of LGBT families that have fostered and adopted. Its slogan is Let Love Define Family.
Sari Grant, DCFS Recruitment Administrator for foster care and adoption, is pleased with the partnership. She says, We have had great success training people from the LGBT community and providing children with safe, secure and loving homes. This outreach campaign is a great way to spread the word.
Our goal is to find homes for children who desperately need them, said RaiseAChild.US President Rich Valenza. A wealth of research and data clearly demonstrates the excellent parenting abilities within the LGBT community. We are a part of the solution for our nations overburdened foster system.
Dr. Judith Sandino, LCSW, Penny Lane Centers Program Director is excited to engage the LGBT community directly. She says, RaiseAChild.US puts real families in the spotlight. These LGBT parents built their families through fostering and adoptionand you can, too. We help you to achieve your dreams while delivering what these children need the most: stability and love.
The outreach also seeks to find families for LGBT self-identified foster youth, Sylvia Fogelman, founder of Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency adds. Many of these youth were ejected from their families when they came out. We help to provide resources and community linkages to prospective foster parents concerned about health and finance issues, such as how to provide for college for an older youth.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families, over 107,000 children in the foster care system are available to be adopted. There are 300,000 additional children in need of immediate foster placement. Certified families are in short supply.
Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 2011, RaiseAChild.US has organized three multi-media campaigns in Los Angeles, engaging over 500 prospective parents. RaiseAChild.US is working closely with the Human Rights Campaign Foundations All Children – All Families (ACAF) initiative, which provides professional training and technical assistance to foster care and adoption agencies that want to welcome and support LGBT foster and adoptive parents. To date, ACAF includes over 60 participating agencies across the country and has awarded 27 seals of recognition.
Join the RaiseAChild.US community on Twitter @RaiseAChild and visit RaiseAChild.US on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/raiseachild.