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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dedicated to Seeking a Higher Purpose

 Every once in a blue moon, you meet someone who's energy, thoughts, ideas and overall outlook on life bring about a sense of magnetism and enlightenment to your soul.


Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tracy Tischler and she reignited my desire to seek purpose and passion in my life's work.  Her list of achievements and work experience are absolutely incredible.  Tracy is the owner of All Models Agency, LLC, owner of Tracey Tischler Beautiful You and Beautiful You Coaching, a successful commercial, print, and fitness model, anchor and news reporter for HCTV 14, professional makeup artist and stylist, licensed esthetician, talent agent, certified health, business, and life coach, certified NASMP personal trainer, and fitness competition judge.

I first came into contact with Tracy about a year ago when I submitted my son's photo to her agency All Models Agency, LLC (AMA).  The first thing that impressed me was the welcome/acceptance email I received stating that my son's photos would be added to the agencies talent listing and an agreement was attached.  In the past, I have paid large listing fees for my son's photos to be added to company websites.  This was not the case with AMA.  "All Models Agency was born out of my desire for both clients and talent to have the best experience they can have"(Tracy Tischler).  Tracy also offers a class called "The Business of Modeling" in which she goes over the modeling business including,  how to get in to it, how it’s run, what you should expect to spend, and what you need to watch out for.  AMA is an excellent agency for models to consider submitting to.

Tracy brings enthusiasm, compassion, understanding, and service to both her clients and talent.  She is able to reach out and embrace others, reminding them of the true essence of life, the potential of their spirit, and the desire within every individual to awaken their true dimension.



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Help Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Promote Child Abuse Awareness Month April 2014

Child Abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime. -Herbert Ward




April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.   "National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country."(Child Welfare Bureau)


Please join Dreamcatchers for Abused Children in helping to promote child abuse awareness by purchasing a $3 STOP CHILD ABUSE 100% silicone bracelet.  100% of all proceeds will be donated to Dreamcatchers for Abused Children.  Click here to be directly linked to the site.  






Friday, March 21, 2014

Parents are not Held Accountable for Child Abuse Cases

Safety Plans?  In some cases "parents wrote there own safety plans, with DCF apparently hoping for the best outcome." (Bradenton Herald)




The director of Florida's Department of Children and Families stated  the agency wasn't "broken," just "challenged."
As stated in the article "Fix Florida's broken child welfare system"

These are a few of DCF's "challenges":

• Either drugs or alcohol came up in 323 of the child deaths, but the state reduced funding for drug treatment.
• Parents were granted numerous opportunities to improve. In one troubling case, DCF took 26 calls about an endangered infant before the 1-year-old's death. The mother, with 18 arrests, also had a record of numerous DCF reports of chronic drug abuse yet the agency failed to remove the infant in an abundantly clear case of wanton neglect.
• Florida appears too loathe to terminate parental rights. DCF's own lawyers often presented obstacles by citing the lack of "legal sufficiency" -- even when investigators and doctors trained to recognize abuse sought the child's removal.
• The state focused on "safety plans" to keep families together rather than seeking court orders for treatment or counseling. These written promises by parents carried little oversight, and in more than 80 of the child deaths, their parents signed one or more of these pledges. Sometimes parents wrote there own safety plans, with DCF apparently hoping for the best outcome.

~Regardless of the word choice that a director of Department of Children and Families services uses, the end result is the same~ Several investigations that find "severe flaws" within the services,  numerous news reports regarding the findings, and an empty promise that the state will "find a solution that REALLY works"....



Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/03/21/5057373/fix-floridas-broken-child-welfare.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~Please, Don't Lose Faith in Good People and Possible Dreams!~

                                              Faith



~After meeting with Rich Gehrman, Executive Director of Safe Passage for Children, Kim O'Brien, Legislative Aide to Council Member Amy Brendmoen, and Representative John Lesch to discuss the 2014 proposed legislation, my faith in intelligent, passionate, and driven people has been restored~

All three of these individuals are extremely intelligent, very knowledgeable, and most importantly passionate about making sure to address issues and concerns in a professional manner.  

~Please, don't ever lose faith in good people and when/if you start feeling as if you are the only one on this earth who cares about your cause and you are wanting to just give up the fight, don't.~It's that simple....do not.....~

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~Minnesota's Children Need to Be Heard~

                                                                 Now is the Time

~Today I will be meeting with Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota and local legislators to discuss the organizations 2014 legislation proposals.  The Mission of Safe Passage is to reform the Minnesota child welfare system so children are safe and reach their full potential.~

Minnesota's Children continue to suffer severe abuse/neglect at the hands of their parents/caregivers.  Now is the time to be the voice for these children, not later, not soon, now.