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Friday, December 27, 2013

Officials stress toy safety:

By TIFFANY REPECKI - Cape Coral Daily Breeze
As local children begin breaking in their new bicycles, scooters and skateboards from Christmas, the Cape Coral Fire Department reminds drivers and parents about one important element - safety.

With a spike in bicycle-versus-vehicle crashes in the Cape in 2013, motorists are urged to pay special attention to children out on their new toys, while parents should go over safety with the youth.

"The biggest concern that we see regarding bicycle safety is the fact that we have year-round weather," Michael Heeder, spokesman for the fire department, said. "Conditions that allow children to get out and ride their bikes all the time."

"We want to remind drivers, especially, that you always have to be cognizant of pedestrians and bicyclists," he said.

Many of this year's accidents involved bicyclists veering into the road or not crossing at a proper spot, like a crosswalk. They should use crosswalks and be aware that they are sharing the road with vehicles.

"A lot of smaller children are not going to be aware of approaching vehicles," Heeder noted.

Fact Box

Know Bicycle hand signals

Bicyclists have special hand signals to tell motorists or other riders what they are about to do, just like vehicles have turn signal lights and brake lights.

* An extended left arm means the rider is turning left.

* A raised left hand means a right turn.

* An extended left arm with the forearm pointing downward means they are about to stop.

Source: Cape Coral Fire Department

Motorists who find themselves sharing the road with a bicyclist should slow down and swing wide, allowing for at least 3 feet or 4 feet of clearance. Avoid honking at a cyclist, and always yield to them.

Drivers should check over their shoulder before moving back into a lane to ensure there is space.

As for parents, adults should know the rules of the road and children should be reminded.

Heeder explained that wearing a helmet is the No. 1 safety rule.

"If everyone would take the time to wear a helmet, that would reduce the severity of head trauma in a multitude of ways," he said.

More than 300,000 children reportedly go to the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries each year nationwide.

The helmet must fit correctly, not too snug nor too loose. The straps also must fit snugly not tightly - just enough to keep the helmet securely in place, according to Heeder.

"The same rules apply for scooters as they do for bicycles," he said, adding that skateboarders are viewed as pedestrians. "Make sure they're wearing the proper protective equipment."

Florida law states that a bicyclist who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, is fastened securely upon their head by a strap and meets the federal safety standard for helmets. Violators can be issued a warning, or even assessed a $15 fine for a pedestrian violation.

Heeder also suggested using the proper reflectors and lighting on bicycles.

"Make sure that you're very visible to others around you and you can see in front of you," he said.

Parents should regularly do a safety check on their child's bicycle.

"Bicycles are just like any other vehicle. They need to be maintained and inspected," Heeder said.

Check the bike every few weeks for height and adjust if necessary. Feet need to be flat on the ground when standing and straddling the top bar of the bicycle. There should be 1 inch to 3 inches of space between the child's body and the top bar of the bike.

"For children, you need to make sure the bike is at the right height," he said.

Check the oil and chain, as well as the tires and brakes, to see that they are working correctly.

Parents should direct children to keep their gaze ahead to anticipate any obstacles or road hazards coming their way. Be careful with driveways and vehicles coming out of garages. Children should be taught to ride on the right side of the street and walk their bikes when crossing busy intersections.

"Use crosswalks and follow traffic signals, like any other vehicle," Heeder said.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Child Safety Resources:

Trinity Mount Family Blog

Child Abuse Resources:

National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)  National clearinghouse for information on missing children and prevention of child victimization. Website offers wealth of child protection information. Offers toll-free phone and web response to report sexual exploitation, abuse, or abduction of children.

Report Child Pornography
CyberTipline is toll-free line to report information about sexual exploitation of children on the web or other child pornography. 1-800-LOST to report sexually exploited, abused, or missing children.

Mothers of Sexually Abused Children (MOSAC)  The MOSAC site is designed specifically for mothers who have experienced the sexual abuse of one of their children. Life is difficult for mothers following the disclosure of a child’s abuse, and they often have few, if any, resources available to them. This site is designed to be a comprehensive source of information about sexual abuse and to offer support and resources.

Jeffery Herman, Esq.   Jeffrey M. Herman is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer and advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He devotes 100% of his practice to representing survivors of sexual abuse, and has had the honor of advocating for hundreds of these brave men, women and children. He is the founding partner of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., a national, Miami-based law firm with decades of combined experience representing people seeking justice and healing from the wounds of abuse.

The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)   Non-profit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to abused children and their families. Was the nation’s first Children’s Advocacy Center.

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)    National volunteer-based organization committed to preventing child abuse through research, education, and advocacy. Resource for comprehensive information and referrals in child abuse prevention. Offers catalog of publications.

Dreamcatchers For Abused Children

DREAMCATCHERS for Abused Children  a 501(c) nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abuse through education and awareness campaigns.  DREAMCATCHERS  for Abused Children published Books: This site is dedicated to helping parents protect their kids from child molesters and pedophiles, and understand the growing problem of missing kids. Find statistics, facts, tips and advice from experts and parents alike.  At birds and bees and kids, parents and other adults will learn how to talk to the kids in their care about sexuality, love, and relationships. Amy Lang MA

Bullying Resources:

Positive Pocket This website was started by a student that went through KidSafe’s 8 week program and wanted to share with the world how KidSafe helped her find her voice.

www.nationalcenterforbullyingprevention – Unites and engages, and educates communities nationwide to address bullying – FREE! Bullying information, resources and prevention tips for the US Department of Health and Human Services

Internet Safety Resources:– largest online repository of instructional how to video tutorials – Cell phone program allows parents to program cell phone for specific hours or access. – Offers free e-mail check for social networking and other sites – Offers internet safety games and additional resources for parents and children – Offers internet safety information, assistance and resources for parents and children – The Center for Missing and Exploited children, internet safety resources and workshops


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against the State of Florida for Unnecessarily Segregating Children with Disabilities

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Monday, July 22, 2013

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida alleging the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its administration of its service system for children with significant medical needs, resulting in nearly 200 children with disabilities being unnecessarily segregated in nursing facilities when they could be served in their family homes or other community-based settings.  The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., further alleges that the state’s policies and practices place other children with significant medical needs in the community at serious risk of institutionalization in nursing facilities.  The ADA and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. require states to eliminate unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities.  The department’s complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as compensatory damages for affected children.

In September of last year, the department issued an extensive findings letter, notifying the state that it is in violation of the ADA.  The letter found that the state’s failure to provide access to necessary community services and supports was leading to children with significant medical needs being unnecessarily institutionalized in, or being placed at serious risk of entering nursing facilities.  The letter identified the numerous ways in which state policies and practices have limited the availability of access to medically necessary in-home services for children with significant medical needs.  Additionally, the state’s screening and transition planning processes have been plagued with deficiencies.  Some children have spent years in a nursing facility before receiving screening required under federal law to determine whether they actually need to be in a nursing facility.

As a result of the state’s actions and inaction, the state has forced some families to face the cruel choice of fearing for their child’s life at home or placing their child in a nursing facility.  In one instance, the state cut one child’s in-home health care in half.  Her family could not safely provide care themselves to make up for this reduction in services, and they felt they had no choice but to place her in a nursing home.  Another child who entered a nursing facility as a young child spent almost six years in a facility before the state completed her federally mandated screening.

“Florida must ensure that children with significant medical needs are not isolated in nursing facilities, away from their families and communities,” said Eve Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.  “Children have a right to grow up with their families, among their friends and in their own communities.  This is the promise of the ADA’s integration mandate as articulated by the Supreme Court in Olmstead.  The violations the department has identified are serious, systemic and ongoing and require comprehensive relief for these children and their families.”

Since late 2012, the department has met with Florida officials on numerous occasions in an attempt to resolve the violations identified in the findings letter cooperatively.  While the state has altered some policies that have contributed to the unnecessary institutionalization of children, ongoing violations remain.  Nearly two hundred children remain in nursing facilities.  Deficient transition planning processes, lengthy waiting lists for community-based services and a lack of sufficient community-based alternatives persist.  The department has therefore determined that judicial action is necessary to ensure that the civil rights of Florida’s children are protected.

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, including state and local governments.   

The ADA requires public entities to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The department’s Civil Rights Division enforces the ADA, which authorizes the Attorney General to investigate allegations of discrimination based upon disability and to conduct compliance reviews regarding the programs and services offered by public entities. Visit to learn more about the ADA and other laws enforced by the Civil Rights Division.  

For more information on the Civil Rights Division’s Olmstead Enforcement, please visit: .

Using social media to find missing kids:

Friday, July 19, 2013

Missing: CHAFOULAIS, FIONA - 5 Years Old

Present family name :CHAFOULAIS
Forename :FIONA
Sex :Female
Date of birth :03/12/2007 (5 years old)
Place of birth : CLERMONT FERRAND , France
Nationality : France
Father's family name & forename :CHAFOULAIS NICOLAS
Mother's family name & forename :BOURGEON CECILE
Height :1.1 meter
Colour of hair : Blond
Colour of eyes : Light
Language spoken : French
Date of disappearance : 12/05/2013 When 5 years old
Place of disappearance : CLERMONT-FERRAND, France.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CHP to offer free child safety seat check-ups Saturday:

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a free child passenger safety seat check-up event Saturday at the Target store, 2505 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 8 to 11 a.m. to check car seats for proper installation, and to advise parents and caregivers how to choose appropriate car seats and properly install them in their vehicle.

Drive-up visits are welcome. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to have their children present during the fitting and installation of the car seat or booster seat.

A California law that took effect Jan. 1, 2012 extended by two years the length of time a child must use a child passenger restraint or safety seat while riding in a motor vehicle. A car seat or booster seat is required until the age of 8, unless the child is at least 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Funding for the safety seat check-up event is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Polly Klaas Foundation Video:

The Polly Klaas® Foundation is Dedicated to the Safety of All Children
The Polly Klaas® Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities.
We have helped more than 7,691 families of missing children, counseling them on ways to find their children and work with law enforcement. We make and distribute posters of missing children for these families, and have a national eVolunteer force that distributes posters of missing children in their communities. Our hotline has been answered 24/7 since 1993.
We publish and distribute child safety information to people around the world. Our free Child Safety Kit and Internet Safety Kit can be ordered or downloaded online.

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