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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:

Webroot Extends Momentum of Channel Edge Partner Program: Launches System Builder Program to Offer Webroot(R) Security Software Licenses in Bulk; Adds Efficiency and Incentives Through Distribution Partner, Ingram Micro

BOULDER, Colo. (PRWEB) April 18, 2007

BI Incorporated Adds ‘Voice’ to GPS System Officers Can Place Voice Calls to Offenders With ExacuTrack AT

Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) December 20, 2007

BI Incorporated, the nation’s largest provider of offender monitoring technology and prisoner reentry solutions, announced today a major advancement in its Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking technology. Available immediately, BI ExacuTrack AT, an active tracking system for agencies monitoring community-based offenders, will have voice capabilities, meaning officers can call clients on the GPS tracking unit from anywhere at any time.

This product enhancement strengthens BI’s long-term commitment to meet the requirements of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, a law that included several provisions to protect communities from registered sex offenders. In particular, the Walsh law authorized up to $ 5 million annually in grants to state, local and tribal governments for GPS monitoring technology that included two- or three-way communication such as that being offered by ExacuTrack AT.

“GPS tracking is one of the highest forms of supervision outside of prison. As agencies move to next generation technology, such as ExacuTrack AT, they know they are using proven tools and support services to comply with these requirements,” said Bruce Thacher, BI President and CEO.

The new technology is protected by a portfolio of intellectual property including several patents recently acquired by BI. These patents clear the way for BI to provide a greatly enhanced feature set not currently available in the market. In total, BI now has more than 20 U.S. patents and 32 worldwide patents for electronic supervision technology, with the most recent acquisitions covering a variety of technologically significant GPS and voice transmission capabilities. Unlike other GPS vendors, BI has no pending patent litigation.

BI supports its community corrections agencies with a state-of-the-art national call center, staffed by highly trained specialists dedicated to the intensive supervision of individuals in the community. These trained specialists provide agencies with 24/7 support for a variety of technologies and systems, including the responsibility to forward violations and reports as needed. “We’re proud of the fact that our call center is 100% focused on the intensive supervision of individuals in the community, something most others in the industry cannot say,” Thacher added.

For more information about the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060727-7.html.

About BI Incorporated (http://www.bi.com)

Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is the leading technology and supervision company in community corrections today. BI has contracts with more than 1,000 governmental agencies nationwide, supporting them with a full continuum of intensive supervision technologies and community-based counseling, treatment services, and reentry programs for adult and juvenile offenders. BI’s national monitoring center, owned and operated by BI, provides 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively for governmental agencies. BI works closely with local public corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities it serves.

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The New Administration and the Judiciary, the Housing Crisis and the Law, Racism and the Legal System Explored at ABA Midyear Meeting Programs

Chicago, IL (Vocus) February 3, 2009

The housing crisis and the role of lawyers in securing housing justice; examining the psychology of prejudice; and insights into the new administration, Congress and the federal judiciary are among issues to be discussed in programs featured at the 2009 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting, Feb. 11 – 17 in Boston.

In addition to the more than 900 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates will consider policies affecting the legal rights of military personnel, immigrants and the elderly; the criminal justice system treatment of juvenile sex offenders; habeas corpus petitions of detainees at the Guantanamo Navel Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and measures that would reduce harm and litigation after catastrophes. The House meets Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. at the Hynes Convention Center, ballroom, level 3.

Also during the House meeting on Feb. 16, Presidents’ Day, will be a presentation by Walter Dellinger, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law, Duke University, on “Abraham Lincoln as a Lawyer.”

Click here to see the full Midyear Meeting program agenda.

Among program highlights are:

“Obtaining and Retaining a Diverse Judiciary”

Issues of a lack of diversity within the judiciary, how the public perceives the judiciary based on that deficiency, and how false and unfair attacks against the judiciary have jeopardized its diversity will be discussed by panelists and audience members in an effort to develop strategies to reverse this trend.

Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Av., Cambridge

“Foreclosing on the American Dream: The Housing Crisis and the Role of Lawyers and Laws in Securing Housing Justice”

Families are losing their homes, often with no place to go. Innocent tenants paying their rent on time every month are being evicted on short notice when their landlords go through foreclosure. These are just some of the fallout of the housing crisis. This interactive program will focus on a hypothetical family in crisis and explore how lawyers can assist those facing such turmoil as well as ways to bolster efforts to create new affordable housing options.

Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 308, level 3

“Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice”

Panelists will discuss how human interactions are greatly affected by implicit and unconscious biases. These biases have significant implications for all members of the legal profession, particularly women and minorities, as they impact decisions with respect to hiring, assignments, evaluations, promotions and layoffs.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 312, level 3

“The New Administration, the New Congress and the Federal Judiciary – Judicial Appointments, Compensation, and Judicial Relations”

Join veteran Potomac insiders for key insights into what can be expected–both at the White House and in the Senate–concerning federal judicial appointments, as well as issues of judicial compensation, court-stripping, cameras in the courtroom and ethics reform.

Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Sheraton Boston, Liberty Ballroom B, 2nd level

“The Assumption of Justice: A Dialogue on Color, Ethnicity and the Courts”

Expert panelists will provide an understanding of institutional racism and the reality of disparities in the charging and sentencing of minorities in the courts. Attendees will consider ways to develop solutions within their communities.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, Forum Room, lower lobby level

“Health Care for Immigration Detainees: What Should be the Standard?”

Issues of detainee medical care and the adequacy, implementation and enforceability of medical standards will be addressed by panelists. Also explored will be the critical role the health care profession plays in ensuring successful service delivery, and the detainee health care system lawyers need to understand to more effectively assist their individual or institutional clients.

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

Implementing Health Care Reform: The Massachusetts Example”

When Massachusetts enacted an act providing access to affordable, quality, accountable health care in 2006, it undertook a comprehensive and visible effort to reform health insurance and health care practices. This panel will explore the Massachusetts experience in implementing the universal coverage mandate and the areas in which the state’s experience may or may not provide a useful model for the nation.

Feb. 13, 1:45 p.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“HIV and the Rule of Law: A Legal Roadmap for a New Administration”

Much has been done in the last eight years to address the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Yet a crisis it remains, and while billions of dollars have rightly been allocated to address the pandemic abroad, federal funds for the domestic epidemic have been flat or even cut, with potentially devastating consequences. This program will examine the domestic and international legal dimensions of HIV/AIDS and the key legal elements that must be part of the new administration’s approach. Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Spirit of Excellence Awards”

The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the achievements of diverse lawyers who contribute to the legal profession and society. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. This year’s recipients include Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Richard A. Soden, of counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston; Julius L. Chambers, civil rights lawyer and educator, Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham and Sumter P.A., Charlotte, N.C.; Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, Senate president, Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu; Joan Mei Haratani, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco; Chief Justice Daniel Sosa Jr. (Ret.), Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, Las Cruces, N.M.; and William A. Von Hoene Jr., executive vice president and general counsel, Exelon Corporation, Chicago.

Feb. 14, noon, Sheraton Boston, Grand/Independence Ballrooms, 2nd level

“Renewed Hope: Human Rights and the New Administration”

John Shattuck, CEO, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor under President Bill Clinton, will address how President Barack Obama can work to address concerns around the world of this nation’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Feb. 16, noon, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay Ballroom D

Other programs include:

“Judicial Clerkship Program”

Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 302/304, level 3

“Managing the Bailout: Execution and Oversight of the Federal Response to the Financial Crisis”

Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., room 285

“Recent Developments in Communications Law: Fox v. FCC”

Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. B, lower lobby level

“Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives: Lasting Model or Historical Artifact?”

“Feb. 13, 10:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza, State Ste. A, lower lobby level

“Building a Bridge to Keeping Youth in School: Connecting Education and Legal Advocacy”

Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Meeting the Needs of Highly Mobile Students: The Education Rights of Homeless Children and Youth and Those in the Child Welfare System”

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“Women Rainmakers: Linking Public Service and Business Development”

Feb. 13, 3 p.m., Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Salon F, 4th floor

“Students Rights: Free Expression and Beyond,”

Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 309, level 3

“IP Privacy in the Digital World of the Internet”

Feb 14, 10:15 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

“IP Protection of Computer Software: The State of Copyright, Patent, and License Protection for Computer Programs”

Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, room 208, level 2

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Accredited reporters are welcome to attend and cover all sessions for free. A press room for working journalists will be at the Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, Level 2, starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, and will remain open for on-site media registration daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The press room will close one hour after the adjournment of the House. For more information, call 312/988-6171, or 310/551-7569. From Feb. 12 – 16 call the Midyear Meeting press room at 617-954-2896.

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InstantAmber Introduces New Affiliate System

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 23, 2009

InstantAmber (InstantAmber.com) is proud to announce that it is introducing a new affiliate program. The program will be used by websites concerned with child safety and parenting.

InstantAmber will approve all affiliates to make sure they share the interests of InstantAmber. InstantAmber welcomes:

Child safety or education companies
Parenting or family-related sites
Children’s gyms
Children’s entertainers
Identity theft companies
Children’s web browsers
Children’s clothing stores
Any company or organization that is concerned with children, families, or parenting

InstantAmber shall maintain best practices with regards to its affiliate approval process. InstantAmber is offering its approved affiliates a 25% commission payout on the total InstantAmber sale. Approved affiliates will also receive a $ 10 bonus just for signing up to become an affiliate! Commissions can be paid via PayPal or by check on a monthly basis (for the previous month); the minimum payout amount is $ 100.00.

InstantAmber also offers numerous affiliate ad options for its affiliates to use on their respective websites. Affiliates can choose from various banners, text ads, text links, and html ads. The banners are offered in a variety of sizes and shapes to ensure compatibility on approved affiliate’s websites. Affiliates may also request specific promo codes or sizes to compliment the layout of their sites, as required. For additional information on signing up as an affiliate for InstantAmber, please visit: http://www.instantamber.com/affiliate.

InstantAmber is a subscription based service that assists families and law enforcement agencies in the recovery of missing children. It has partnered with organizations and businesses that share the same common goal of protecting children and ensuring child safety. Some of InstantAmber’s partners include National Organization for Youth Safety, KinderVision, My Gym, Stroller Strides, The National Vigil for Hope, and many others.

About InstantAmber:

InstantAmber (http://www.instantamber.com) is a web-based data gathering, storage and delivery service that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical information and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. Born in 2008, InstantAmber, a unique online service, is creating a community through targeted business and philanthropic partnerships for the safety and protection of children throughout the United States.


ESCORT Inc. Announces New Automotive Safety Product: ESCORT Guardian Alert

West Chester, OH (PRWEB) January 27, 2010

ESCORT Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium automotive electronic accessories, announced today the continued expansion of its world class product line by entering into a new licensing agreement with Sense Technologies Inc. (Sense Technologies). Under the agreement, a new line of reverse obstacle detection systems will be added to the ESCORT product portfolio under the brand name ESCORT Guardian Alert


Wayne, PA (PRWEB) January 28, 2010

Recent research has shown that normally shedding baby teeth and extracted wisdom teeth can be a source of stem cells that are the equivalent to umbilical cord blood stem cells. The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells has been routine for several years. However, this method has many problems. The window of time for the retrieval of the cord blood is very short, the hospital staff needs to be well trained in the technique and it is expensive.

Provias Store-A-Tooth service Store-A-Tooth.com allows families to preserve the stem cells found in extracted wisdom teeth and normally shedding baby teeth.

The discovery that extracted wisdom teeth and baby teeth are a rich source of stem cells overcomes many of the problems that arise with umbilical cord blood extraction. Every child loses twenty baby teeth over a period of six to eight years and 1.4 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year. Each of these is a rich source of stem cells. In the past, these teeth were thrown in a trashcan but now they can be placed in a Save-A-Tooth

Remote Management and Robust Content Filtering Prompt the Rutherford County Library System to Adopt OpenDNS

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2010

OpenDNS, provider of the worlds leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that the Rutherford County Library System in North Carolina has deployed OpenDNS system-wide, on both its wired and wireless networks.

The library system chose OpenDNS for its comprehensive content filtering capabilities, coupled with OpenDNS unique ability to filter content on all devices accessing their network without complicated software installations. Using OpenDNS, anyone at a library branch accessing their networkthrough a library computer or even a cell phone using their wireless Internet connectionis subject to the same high level of protection against malware and restricted websites. This security comes with no appliance to buy and no software to install on each device accessing the network.

As an added bonus, OpenDNS helps the Rutherford County Library System remain CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) compliant. A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. Says Kenneth Odom, the Rutherford County Library System Administrator that implemented OpenDNS: The service has worked perfectly. I never have to wonder what the person on their laptop near the childrens room is looking at. It just works!

Prior to choosing OpenDNS for their content filtering needs, the Rutherford County Libraries used Netsweeper, though they could only filter content on devices where the software was installed, leaving patrons own computerslike laptops and mobile devicessusceptible to online security threats and out of compliance with the librarys Internet content policies.

According to Odom, Ive never used a product or service that allowed me to manage multiple distributed networks so easily.

With the OpenDNS adoption, Rutherford County joins thousands of libraries around the world that have chosen OpenDNS to provide their employees and patrons with a faster, safer and more reliable Internet experience.

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network’s overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com.

About the Rutherford County Library System

The main branch of the Rutherford County Library is located in Spindale, NC with two satellite branches in Lake Lure and Henrietta. The libraries serve a mostly rural population of approximately 65,000.