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San Diego Attorney Awarded Top Honors for Groundbreaking Work in Civil Rights Case Against Orange County Social Services Agency

San Diego (PRWEB) November 7, 2007

On November 2, 2007, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association awarded a San Diego attorney top honors in electing him as the “Top Gun – Trial Attorney of The Year” in the area of civil rights. The award was based on the 4.9 million dollar jury verdict obtained by Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick, against Orange County, its Social Services Agency, and two of its social workers Marcia Vreeken and Helen Dwojak earlier this year in a lawsuit alleging violations of her Constitutional right to familial association.

This case (Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Case No. 01CC02379; Trial before Hon. Ronald L. Bauer, Dept. CX103) was brought by Deanna Fogarty against the County of Orange, Marcia Vreeken, Elaine Wilkins, and their supervisor Helen Dwojak to recover damages arising from Defendants alleged falsification of evidence, perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence during a juvenile dependency action back in February of 2000. On March 23, 2007 after over six years of litigation and a seven week trial, an Orange County Jury found against Orange County, social worker Marcia Vreeken, and social worker supervisor Helen Dwojak and awarded monetary damages of $ 4.9 million. A third social worker, Elaine Wilkins was found not liable.

In addition to seeking damages, Ms. Fogarty also sought to enjoin the Orange County Social Services Agency from continuing its allegedly unlawful practice of making allegations of wrong doing against parents in dependency proceedings without supporting evidence. On May 14, 2007 Orange County Superior Court Judge, Ronald Bauer (Dept. CX-103) issued an injunction against the Orange County Social Services Agency requiring the agency to obtain “reasonable and articulable evidence” prior to initiating dependency proceedings alleging abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child.

In accepting the “Top Gun” award Shawn A. McMillan said: “Ms. Fogarty should not have had to step outside her community to find an attorney to represent her. Trial attorneys are a pretty elite group, and as officers of the court we have taken an oath, and it is our duty, to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights arising therefrom. These cases are important cases and should be brought and tried. We’ve proven that they can be won, now its your job to carry the ball the rest of the way, to accept these types of cases, and force a change in the system.”

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.


4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582

Website: http://www.mcmillan-law.com


Hope for Haitis Children Concert to Benefit UNICEFs Work in Haiti Emergency Efforts

Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) February 24, 2010

The Hope for Haitis Children Musical Concert, will take place at 6 PM, Sunday, March 7th, 2010, in the beautiful Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The concert combines performances by a number of national and international acclaimed artists: Janice Chandler Eteme who has long been among Americas foremost lyric sopranos, singing an astonishing range of music with the worlds top orchestras and conductors. Called one of the loveliest soprano voices on earth by The Baltimore Sun and radiant by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Violin virtuoso,Jaime Jorge, who was born in Cuba in 1970, and began violin studies at age five. When he was ten, Jaime’s family immigrated to the United States and he began lessons with the eminent violinist Cyrus Forough, a student of the great David Oistrakh. Jaime is not just a musician, he’s an artist! by Julio Voirin, Concert Violinist, Master Violin Maker & Luthier. To hear Jaime play is to share a rich experience that only happens occasionally in one’s life. The intensity and precision of his performance left me speechless. He is a fine young man with unusual talent by Television’s Lifestyle Magazine.

The King’s Heralds Quartet was founded in 1927. They’ve recorded over 100 albums in thirty different languages in a variety of musical styles, making them a favorite with audiences of all ages. The rich blend, harmony and balance of their a cappella style has been enjoyed not only the United States, but also in over 50 countries. Their audiences have included heads of state, governors, ambassadors and other dignitaries. The King’s Heralds have received twenty-three Silver Angel Awards

Despite Improving Employment a 2011 Vacation Calls for the Job Loss Protection and Cancel for Work Coverage Provided by Travel Insurance

East Hartford, CT (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011

The labor market is slowly improving in 2011 with the national unemployment rate falling below 9% in February for the first time in more than two years. Yet employees making plans to enjoy precious vacation time this year need to be aware that businesses restructure to become more competitive as the economy improves. Several major private and public sector employers have added layoffs this year, and more may require them as their operations are restructured or mandated budget cuts necessitate downsizing divisions due to lingering effects of the recession

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Safe and Sound With Cackleberries Mom: Mother Develops Cackleberries Safe Online World for 3-7 Year Olds, After Work with At-Risk Kids

Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) September 22, 2011

Picture slip sliding down a tree slide to the river surrounded by fun friends like Cackasaurus, Kluttermonk and Pouleteer. Picture a place of subterranean energy stones, painted skies, and opal oceans. This is a friendly world of childlike blues and greens and yellows. In Oville, where Cackleberries reside; meet up with friends, have fun and also learn. This is a world reminiscent of a more innocent earlier time, a world of childhood wonder. This unique edutainment site where safety comes first has a mission to restore the innocence to childhood and in a real life story twist, it was virtual world producer and creator Eronne Fosters experience with street and addicted youth that made her so determined to create this site.

My attitude to troubled youth was pretty main-stream, says Eronne, I figured they were making bad choices, they deserved what they got, wed be much safer if they were all in jail, no matter how bad their upbringing was by the time youre 18 get over it. But her attitude took a complete about turn when her young son Jordan brought a classroom acquaintance home from school. The very first young man that came to live with us, he stood up in the classroom and said I have no place to go, my son said my mom will take you. I heard his story his Dad lived in a car, his mother was a drug addict and he had nowhere to go. Soon she realized that many kids had the same problem. What became very apparent to me really quickly is that boys are not going to social services, if they are on the street they are on their own. Determined to make a difference in these kids lives Eronne soon opened her doors to many more children. All of them had backgrounds which would bring tears to your eyes; we had a house full of kids. I gave them a bed, I gave them hugs, and a phone number to call. Her attitude also took a 180 degree turn. I realized that in order to have choice you have to know there are other options, and many of these kids have no other options, and even those that do the psychological and physical damage that has been done to them, removes the motivation for them to make the right choice.

This realization that early delivery of choices, both educational and social, could make a world of difference in the lives of children spurred Eronne forward to create a safe environment for child play and learning. When I was a kid there was very little media in our lives, there was no interference in our play time, we knew nothing about sex violence and consumerism. While the internet seemed like the ideal delivery mechanism it too comes fraught with problems in terms of putting youth at risk. It led me to look at how kids were growing up and how much influence they were getting from the outside world and how much of it was negative, and so we developed a way to deliver an online world where the kids do not have wider access to the internet and are not meeting strangers online or being subjected to advertiser messages.

This month’s launch of the Cackleberries web site and the creative play world of Oville is the culmination of Eronne and her teams determination to deliver a safe world where children between the ages of 3 and 7 get the basic skills to develop into healthy happy adults. Visit Oville it is free! Let Mumbee show you around. She has great wisdom and really knows her stuff, mainly, because her mother was one smart duck, Mumbee grew up in Oville with her best friends Duke, Blanche Mange and Kluttermonk, along with Terra, Captain Jack and Miss Honey Bun; these grownups help the young ones grow up healthy, happy and smart. Together they teach about science, nature, music, art, literature, history and most importantly, how to get along. Welcome to a life of fantasy, mystery, adventure, and lots of challenges, subtle education and just a really good place to be. Like the many kids that Eronne has befriended, feel safe and sound too, in the world of the Cackleberries Mom!

About Cackleberries:

Cackleberries is a childrens edutainment (entertainment and education) company offering a website, animation, toys, games, music and more. Most importantly Cackleberries introduces young children, three to seven, to the future of education with a dedication to keeping children safe. Cackleberries protects children from the internet with the latest technology, provides family friendly content, and never advertises to children. The living virtual world of Oville is a place for children to learn and play in a guaranteed safe environment. Club C is a community for grownups to connect and share information covering an array of topics. Young Children can play and learn on the free website now by downloading the safety desktop icon to get started.


March is National Social Work Month

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) March 16, 2012

Professional social workers advocate for change that helps people lead productive and healthy lives, especially when navigating through major life challenges, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which is celebrating National Professional Social Work Month in March. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation services, supports these professionals in their mission to enhance human well-being and meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable.

Social workers focus on improvements that ultimately benefit the most people. Therefore, the collaborative and consultative nature of their work ensures that social workers make a critical impact in many different organizations and human service systems. These areas include aging and family caregiving, child protection and family services, healthcare navigation, mental and behavioral health treatment, military and veterans assistance, nonprofit management, community development and poverty reduction.

NASW members work as specialists, consultants, private practitioners, educators, community leaders, policymakers and researchers in more than 50 fields of practice in workplace settings ranging from private and public agencies, hospices and hospitals, schools and clinicsto businesses and corporations, military units and foundations.

The theme for this years celebration is Social Work Matters, and recognizes social work professionals expertise in care coordination, case management and treatment. The contributions of Americans 640,000 professionals in the integrative field of social work help to improve the social function and social condition for people in emotional, psychological economic and physical need. This includes advocacy for millions of people living with disabilities.

Allsup salutes the National Association of Social Workers and other groups for showcasing the importance of social workers in local communities. Free posters highlighting National Social Work Month are available from Allsup to hospitals, clinics and other community groups by calling Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 65770.


National Association of Social Workers

San Francisco Family Lawyer Sarah Haselup Honored for Pro Bono Asylum Work

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2012

Sarah Haselop, associate attorney at the San Francisco family law firm Heath-Newton LLP, was honored by the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) on Wednesday, April 10 for her pro bono work on the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) asylum program.

For four years, Haselop has provided pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking refuge in the United States. She has provided direct representation in many cases involving gender-based violence against women in their country of origin.

The United States is, and always has been, a safe harbor for individuals who have found the strength and courage to leave everything behind their home countries to find a new and better life for themselves, says Haselop. It is my deep honor to help these brave people.

In addition to her counsel, Haselop has helped mentor fellow attorneys and conducted intake interviews for the LCCR. Due to the nature of her clients claims, Sarah has worked with the CGRS at UC Hastings College of Law, which has been instrumental in providing the resources to create legal argument and identify case precedents in asylum law.

According to the CGRS, thousands of migrants flee the violence and persecution of their native countries and seek refuge in the United States every year. Many of them cant read or write in English and come from countries that do not guarantee the right to due process.

Because of this, these victims are rendered virtually helpless when it comes to understanding the complex U.S. immigration and asylum laws and are unable to obtain sound legal advice. It is up to pro bono attorneys, organized and supported by groups such as the LCCR and the CGRS, to fill this gap.

About the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) provides legal expertise, training, and resources to attorneys representing asylum seekers, advocates for the protection of refugees and advancement of refugee law and policy, and uses domestic, regional, and international human rights mechanisms to address the root causes of persecution. For more information, visit uchastings.edu.

About the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

For more than 40 years, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area has worked to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, immigrants and refugees — with a specific focus on low-income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. Lawyers’ Committee staff, working with hundreds of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. For more information, visit lccr.com.

About Heath-Newton, LLP

Heath-Newton, LLP is a San Francisco family law practice focused on families. These San Francisco divorce attorneys pride themselves on working with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Heath-Newton, LLP specializes in premarital agreements (prenups), same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, divorce, child support, spousal support, adoption, and child custody in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

For more information about asylum laws, or any family law matters, please contact San Francisco divorce attorneys Heath-Newton, LLP by calling (415) 992-5038, visit http://www.heathnewton.com, or stop by their office located at 240 Stockton Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco, California.

Warner Pacific Students Work Together to Help Portland-Area Kids Entering the Child Welfare System

Portland, OR (PRWEB) November 12, 2012

Last year, over 4,600 children spent at least one day in foster care in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties. Many of these children experience an extended stay through multiple placements in the protection of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). Up to 75% of children entering foster care in Multnomah County must wait in an office for 1-2 hours while a social worker calls to find a suitable placement. This is usually a time of high anxiety for children, having been recently removed from their home and facing an unknown future.

The Welcome Box Initiative seeks to engage Warner Pacific students to serve these children who are experiencing this often painful transition. While the child is waiting, a social worker is able to give the child a colorful box of age appropriate items to occupy their time and provide a sense of comfort. Since many children enter their new foster homes with very few belongings, the psychological importance of owning nice possessions cannot be underestimated.

Our campus is responding to the Welcome Box Initiative because its a simple way to make a tangible difference in the lives of children who are hurting, said Adam Ristick, President of the Associated Students of Warner Pacific College (ASWPC). Given that this is a brand new project, weve experienced a much higher rate of participation among students than we first expected and were excited to discover how we can expand our goal and provide even more Welcome Boxes to local DHS offices.

After reallocating funds from their ASWPC budget to purchase supplies, Warner Pacific students had originally committed to assembling 100 Welcome Boxes during the month of November. However, less than two weeks into the month, they have already met that goal and are finding new ways to create additional boxes. Many campus clubs, sports teams, and residence halls have accepted the challenge and are donating time and money to create more Welcome Boxes.

I am not sure I have words to express my gratitude for this movement,” said Jamie Broadbent, DHS Human Services Manager. “The level of commitment by the students from Warner Pacific is simply amazing. They are making a difference!

Assembling the Welcome Boxes, which include a coloring book or journal, art supplies, non-perishable snacks, kid-friendly toiletries, small toys, and a battery-powered flashlight and nightlight; is also a learning process for the students. Before creating the box itself, students walk through various stations where signs provide insight into the process a child entering a DHS office must face. From descriptions of how children are removed from their homes, to statistics about what the child will face in the days ahead; students are meant to get a glimpse of what these children will experience. After the box has been assembled, the final step is an emotional moment as students hand-write a personal note of encouragement to the child.

Adam and the leadership of Warner Pacific College hope to see the relationship between the College and DHS offices continue to grow, finding creative ways for the students at Warner Pacific to make a lasting, positive impact on the child welfare system in Portland.

Founded in 1937 in Spokane, Washington, as Pacific Bible College, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Los Angeles County Bar Association to Present Public Service Award to Pasadena Immigration Attorney Heather Poole for Volunteer Work with Domestic Violence Survivors

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Immigration Attorney Heather Poole has been a volunteer attorney with LACBAs Domestic Violence Project (Project) for the past 12 years. The Project consists of volunteer attorneys who donate their time in Los Angeles County Superior Courts Central and Pasadena courthouses to help domestic violence survivors obtain Temporary Restraining Orders in family court.

Volunteer attorneys prepare the legal forms, explain the process, what to expect in court and how to plan for permanent restraining order hearings. The Project has helped thousands of women and men regain their safety and gain access to the justice system, which otherwise can seem especially intimidating and scary to those who cannot afford an attorney.

Working with the Project is extremely rewarding work. Attorneys see the justice system work quickly and effectively and help protect those most vulnerable from future harm. There is instant gratification in knowing your actions could help protect a child and change a persons circumstances to give these survivors a fighting chance at a better life.

Attorney Heather Poole

A large part of Immigration Attorney Heather Pooles private practice also focuses on helping immigrant women and men in abusive and controlling marriages obtain or save their permanent residency status under the Violence Against Women Acts immigration provisions.

For more information about LACBA and the awards ceremony, visit: http://www.lacba.org


CONTACT INFO: For Attorney Heather L Poole

HEATHER L POOLE PC, Professional Law Corp

225 S Lake Avenue, Ste 300

Pasadena, CA 91101

(877) 486-2678

e: info(at)humanrightsattorney(dot)com

Attorney Heather Poole is a private immigration attorney in Pasadena, CA, focuses on complex family and marriage-based immigration cases. She is the vice chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter, a frequent attorney trainer and published author on complex immigration issues and teaches Immigration Law at Fullerton College.

NorthStar Alarm Named as One of the “Top Companies to Work for in Utah Valley”

Orem, Utah (PRWEB) September 25, 2013

Last week, NorthStar Alarm Services was announced as one of the prestigious companies to earn the title of “Best Companies to Work For” in the fall edition of the Utah Valley Business Q publication. NorthStar was selected in particular for providing a quality work atmosphere and arming itself with regular service opportunities for employees.

“Part of our mission is to provide our employees the best opportunity, tools and support to reach their personal goals, including goals to become service-oriented individuals,” said Jason Christensen, President of NorthStar Alarm Services. “The time we set aside for our company to give back to the community has unified our office and provided personal satisfaction.”

NorthStar has teamed up with a number of service organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Kids on the Move, United Way, Provo Community Action Services and Food Bank, Miracle Flights, and a variety of others. NorthStar’s most recent project was a food drive themed “Hunger is Not a Game,” that brought in 3,867 food items and averaged around 85 donated items per employee for the week. The next large project the company is participating in is a family event called “Books, Balls, and Blocks,” an educational event for families to learn about child development resources, held in conjunction with United Way and Help Me Grow organizations.

About NorthStar Alarm Services

NorthStar Alarm Services, LLC, a top home security provider and authorized dealer of Honeywell Security Products, provides the most technologically-advanced and user-friendly home security systems on the market. Having the equipment, relationships, and reputation that families have been able to count on since NorthStar was founded in 2000, NorthStar continues to grow and protect residents in more than 20 states across the U.S. With a 24-7 support staff, Rapid Response monitoring, well-trained technicians, and professional consultants NorthStar Alarm exists to provide security and peace of mind through quality products and superior service. For more information, please visit http://www.northstaralarm.com.