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Blog – How Does Assistane For Fostering Compare with Adoption? 7/29/2015

How Does Assistance For Fostering Compare To Adoption?

July 29th, 2015

Thank you Chantal Schwartz for the suggestion.

I thought I would have a lot more to type on this topic but the two websites I found are very through. Before getting to those I’d like to ponder the value of raising healthy children. It is more difficult to get assistance for adoption than it is for fostering. Why? Should adoption be only for someone who is more well off? Of course not; so why the difficulty?

Both adoption and foster care revolve around the Title IV-E program. It’s a Federal program that states work with. It determines eligibility for assistance.

Kerry DeVooght, Child Trends, and Dennis Blazley created a report based on a survey sent to each state in the United States. Six states did not complete the survey instrument: Hawaii, Mississippi, Montana, Puerto Rico, Vermont, and Wyoming. Therefore, the total number of states participating was 46 (includes Washington, DC). It’s 35 pages of information and explanations on how the information was compiled. It is smartly manipulated to get the best and most accurate results available. They express their limitations where ever they exist being their own best critics. Family Foster Care Reimbursement Rates in the U.S. The (USDA) United States Department of Agriculture has determined what it cost to care for a child. The authors of the report adjusted that cost to be the very basic cost without extras like transportation, medical, or education (page 27). The reimbursement rate is what percentage of that cost a state will cover. The state with the highest coverage is not a state at all. It’s the District of Columbia at 145% coverage or $30.66 per/day  or per diem. The lowest rate is 37% being $8.09 per diem and it goes to Nebraska. These rates are from 2012 and may have changed by now. Also these rates are for 0-2 years old. In most cases they do change with age.

I’m going to use Connecticut as the model for my comparison because it’s where I reside. This site is a very useful and informative tool when considering adopting. I don’t have a chart for the adoption per diem but State Adoption Subsidy Profiles has a profile for each state by clicking on the Adoption Subsidy button then from the state profiles option at the left choose the desired state. The adoption information is provided by the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance. (AAICAMA). Connecticut allows an adoption per diem of $25.99 for 0-5 years old and $28.52 for 12-18. The fostering per diem is $25.73 for 0-2 years old and $28.24 for 15-17. Seems to pretty even until we look at the criteria for Title IV-E eligibility. The child must be a child with special needs which is actually very broad. Everything from age, ethnicity, medical or psychiatric conditions to being siblings or a multiple child adoption. The child has to have been removed from the birth parents by other than a voluntary placement agreement and the child must be coming from the foster care system  unless the child qualifies for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income. So special needs and mode of placement are just two stumbling stones in the route to adoption assistance.

Medical coverage for foster care in Connecticut is the Husky Program and I assume it is the same for an adopted child. I was unable to reach the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) to confirm but I will do so when possible and update this post. Medical coverage for adoption is provided by the state as part of the adoption assistance agreement when finalizing the adoption.

Daycare? State won’t provide it for adopted children but it will for foster children.

Wouldn’t it be nice if assistance for adopting (tends to be more permanent) a child was as accessible to the provider as it is to foster (tends to be more temporary) a child? The result would be more adoptions. I think both fostering and adopting is a foot in the door for Occupational Parenting though it may seem the opposite. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – Maintaining Healthy Hair 7/22/2015

Maintaining Healthy Hair

July 22nd, 2015

Thank you Mya Meadows and Kaitlin Zamora for the suggestion.

This is one I would not have thought of myself but for my 14 year old daughter this is pretty important stuff. Good hair care effects us for as long as we have hair. So lets get started.

I briefly interviewed professional stylist Lisa Kamuda of “Lift Your Ego Salon”. She says that ripping through your hair with a bad brush is one of the worst things you can do to hair. When asked her advice on hair treatment she responded, “Not to put box color in your hair, a lot of harsh chemicals people don’t know about. Use professional products for shampoo and conditioner. You pay more for the ingredients that are in them but they are more concentrated so it goes a long way if use the right amount”.

Lisa’s a professional hair stylist and her advice may seem a little bias but truthfully most people I know would use a professional on a regular basis if they could afford to. For those who can’t this article is information and tips for doing it yourself.

Straightening perming and other such processes can take a toll on your hair’s health but there are steps you take for overall health no matter treatment given to your hair. Sebum is a natural defense for your hair. It is composed mostly of fatty acids and is secreted by the sebaceous gland.

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Sebum mixes with sweat to form a protective layer on the hair’s cuticle (the outmost layer of hair) as well as the skin. So brushing with a natural bristled brush helps to distribute this mixture throughout the hair. You should try to do this twice a day.  While some say brush from the roots down others say brush from the ends up. How to Keep Your Hair Healthy. Also brush your scalp to stimulate the sebaceous gland.

Coloring your can damage the surface as well as the inner structure of your hair. You can minimize the damage by choosing ammonia free hair coloring. If you want to secure the healthiest means of coloring your hair you can try  herbal solutions like henna or indigo.

If you use a straightening or curling iron on your hair you’re probably prone to split ends or more technically trichoptilosis. This occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair has been stripped away and the strand splits into two or more strands. If your hair becomes over treated and super damaged you may want to find a trichologist or hair and scalp expert.

Look for sulfate free, soapless shampoos with a pH of 4 to 6. Hair’s natural pH is about 5 to 6.8. A good pH balance keeps your hair from drying out or absorbing foreign material. Shampoo your hair no more than 3 times a week or you will be washing away your hair’s natural defenses.

Anti-oxidant conditioners protect against creeping oxidation or corrosion and like external conditioners they work on the cuticle layer of the hair. Internal conditioners work in to the cortex of the hair. All conditioners add an extra layer of protection.

Many don’t trust Wikipedia “Hair Care” as a reliable source but this excerpt makes sense to me.

(Begin excerpt) The essential omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12, and iron, found in fish sources, prevent a dry scalp and dull hair color. Dark green vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, which help with production of sebum and provide a natural hair conditioner. Legumes provide protein to promote hair growth and also contain iron, zinc, and biotin. Biotin functions to activate certain enzymes that aid in metabolism of carbon dioxide as well as protein, fats, and carbohydrates. A deficiency in biotin intake can cause brittle hair and can lead to hair loss. In order to avoid a deficiency, individuals can find sources of biotin in cereal-grain products, liver, egg yolk, soy flour, and yeast.[3] Nuts contain high sources of selenium and therefore are important for a healthy scalp. Alpha-linolenic acid and zinc are also found in some nuts and help condition the hair and prevent hair shedding that can be caused by a lack of zinc. Protein deficiencies or low-quality protein can produce weak and brittle hair, and can eventually result in loss of hair color. Dairy products are good sources of calcium, a key component for hair growth.[4] A balanced diet is extremely necessary for a healthy scalp and furthermore healthy hair. (End excerpt)

To me it seems like the single most important thing you can do for your hair is eat a balanced diet. Illness can effect your hair adversely as well. So staying healthy is right there with eating healthy. Deficiencies such as anemia and other aliments will show in your hair. Hair grows about 1.25 centimeters a month and is a record of your body’s function.

My hair is very short and I don’t treat or process it. But for those who express themselves through the beautification of their hair I hope this blog was helpful. Until next week; keep your hair and your homes well.

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Blog – What’s Wrong With The Rebel Flag? 7/15/2015

What’s Wrong With The Rebel Flag?

July 15th, 2015

I hate it when someone tries to over simplify this issue, “Hate and Racism” or “Pride and Heritage”? They’re impossible to separate in such a manner. Some of the worst atrocities and cruelties know to mankind was committed under the Rebel Flag. Some things are not to be proud of and as far as heritage goes no one change history. If I was a Caucasian Southerner I would want as much distance as possible between myself and those who still uphold the ideals of the confederate south including the owning of other people, the separation of families, and non accountability for things as atrocious as murder because Africans were considered property. Something to be proud of is that people can and do change (The New South). When seeing the Rebel Flag it is unknown whether it’s owner is “New South” or “old south”. I never know if it’s a friendly neighbor or someone who hates me without ever having met me. So for my own preservation I am friendly to neither. The solution is simple. Keep the Rebel Flag but make a change to it like it’s people I so greatly admire (The New South).

I suggest adding a rainbow to one of it’s corners. The rainbow because it represents unity with separation. The separate colors making one rainbow. I am not a segregationist but I truly value diversity. I believe different characteristics should be preserved within reason; blue eyes, blonde hair, wide noses, thin noses, dark skin, milky skin, etc. I am mulatto and I like myself the way I am. Still I don’t want everyone to look like me even if other issues of ethnicity can be put aside. If you do value diversity you have to accept some degree of separation at some point. At any rate the flag would look something like this.

Rebel Flag Final

Some would disagree with the rainbow because it’s widely associated with homosexuality. This association doesn’t give homosexuals ownership of the rainbow and hopefully the majority of homosexuals would agree.

Make no mistake the Rebel Flag came about for one purpose; battle. it’s a battle flag and was never a final flag for the Confederate States of America. It is mistakenly called the stars and bars which is the fourth and final flag of the CSA.  featured below. To me it seems inappropriate because it is a battle flag and a call to arms. Some don’t even accept that the war is over to this day.

confederate states of america

For me the Rebel Flag does represent bigotry. I consider bigotry an emotional disease. It is a mixture of irritability, anger, and misery. It does not need logic to function and can be translated to hate. Combine this mixture with an inferiority or superiority complex and things are bound to go bad. Take the word dis-ease itself. It can easily be seen as uneasy. Many feel these emotions and have to explain them somehow. To blame it on someone else is an easy thing to do and is often taught. It has rungs in the genetic ladder as well. The Rule of Socialized Genetics is found on The Environment page of my website along with The Rule of Preservation .  It is illogical however to base superiority or inferiority on the physical characteristics of a group rather than individual merit. Some would argue the physical characteristic only lets you know there is a lesser intelligence present. It still just makes no sense for a couple of reasons. First again is individual merit. You can’t tell me that every Caucasian is smarter than every African American, African British and so on. So why should one group be the overlords of the other? Second, why is intelligence considered the most important quality a person possesses? Look what intelligence has done to our earth through industry and technology. It doesn’t appear that humans are very smart at all. Someone’s emotional quality is heard by the Universe we live in as sure as our feet touch the ground. Emotional fortitude is a priority in healthy psychology and sociology. Why have Caucasians been responsible for most of the industrial and technological advances we’ve made? Not because they’re all evil or that advancement is bad. I think Richard Franck said “Necessity is the mother of invention”. I think ethnicities of colder regions had to use more ingenuity to survive. While those closer to the equator could live without significant developments. That’s why Caucasians are responsible for more industry and technology than Africans who stayed around the equator.

That’s my way of making sense of the ethnical climate and I always prefer ethnical to racial. Racial should be a good thing as in road or bicycle race; political or car race. These things should always be good and done in good sportsmanship.

In conclusion I’ll reiterate that an old flag with a changed people deserves a changed flag. Southerners should be proud to display where they are and what they think and feel today as well as yesterday. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – Are Chemtrails Killing You? 7/8/2015

Are Chemtrails Killing You

July 8th, 2015

Thank you Sara Thrasher for the suggestion

When I first heard the word chemtrails someone’s acid trip from the 1960’s came to mind. Persistent  contrails or chemtrails as they called are chemically altered jet streams that appear in the sky behind planes. Their makeup can be an unlimited number of things but some of those fingered are aluminum, barium, lead, arsenic, Chromium, selenium, and silver. There are many theories about why the they exist if a person even acknowledges that they exist. Some say to combat global warming while others say it’s a means of controlling population (the mixture would make us sick and eventually kill us). Still others say it’s a means to mind control. At some point they could easily be dismissed as delusional and paranoid or so I thought. So are they real? To me it seems that the jet streams today take longer to dissipate than they did when I was younger but my memory is not always to be trusted.

There is stratospheric geoengineering to try and control weather or microclimates. (scroll to the bottom of the page for video) The United Nations Expose Chemtrails (17 min 46 sec). Most would agree that there could be some benefit to that. I think that’d put us in over our heads in a way Noah could have never imagined but that’s just one opinion.

Combating global warming is where nanosized aluminum compounds come into play. Supposedly the metal can reflect sunlight but one may suggest it can trap it as well. The idea of nanosized aluminum compounds is obviously caught the ear of Dr. Blaylock. In What Chemtrails are Doing to Your Brain is a (50 min 14 sec) radio interview. If you’re really interested in Chemtrails it’s 50 minutes well spent. Dr. Blaylock’s interview focuses more on do they exist rather than why. I think pro and con chemtrail advocates need to measure the amount of aluminum in the air, water, and soil. The public should demand it.

As a means of population control: It seems a very inefficient and ineffective means of population control. Population control isn’t at the top or even on most politicians agenda but ask yourself “shouldn’t it be”? Overpopulation is among some of the worse threats to human survival so why isn’t everyone talking about it? It’s synonymous with bleak thoughts of genocide, war, and mass murder. A comparatively great solution is legislation. We hire our government officials to solve the most difficult problems facing our society and they won’t even mention this one. If every couple were allowed to have one child for one generation it would cut the population in half. The Duggers would certainly loose a little more popularity. I think the days of the government having enough power, money, or influence to head such a cover up are behind us. I look to big business and laboratories that are so far advanced that there’s no laws governing what they’re producing. In the circles of the most wealthy and in the places of the most educated they are thinking about population. Science is kind of like learning drive. You have to learn about some of car’s functions before you open it up and see what it does and that’s exactly what could be happing in the case chemtrails. Science for us is like stealing the old man’s keys, in this case the old man being God or the Universe, while he’s not looking and we’ve had some pretty significant fender benders. There are those who think depleting the human population is a cure all; a quick fix. There would be less pollution and more food without all the lifestyle changes. I think the Universe would never favor such thoughts or behaviors; that psychology and sociology are as recognizable to the Universe as the planet, moon, and stars. If there was a cover up how would it read? What would it feel like to be in it’s midst. How would we know? Skeptic Project; Chemtrails. I’m not confirming that Chemtrails exist but I am confirming that cover ups do. Dennis Mersereau says those who believe that chemtrails are a conspiracy are idiots. This guy actually defends against conspiracy with a “There out to get me” argument. I mention Dennis Mersereau because his page has some pretty down to earth rhetoric on the issue (a lot of insults flying as well).

The most ludicrous line of thinking is mind control. Oooooo That one’s been on the table since mankind realized it had minds to control. It also means someone somewhere has been trying to achieve it. I’ve often realized that I’m gullible; not stupid just gullible. I live in an existence where damn near anything is possible so I don’t easily dismiss something without having it debunked several ways. I watched a YouTube video on some extremist sight about a year ago and was blown away “Could  your brain be hacked” This was mind control. It was on a mouse and DNA from a form of algae had to be inserted as an interface for the light. They also used fiber optic wires but if there is one thing that the public should know about technology it’s that technology is at least 50 years ahead of the consumer market and that number only increases with the passing of years. What’s needed for an interface today may very well be in the persistent contrail of tomorrow. At this pace of shrouded technology it could be tomorrow July 9th, 2015. Just sayin’; we need to know more. Conspiracies exist but where. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – What’s Bernie Sander’s About? 7/1/2015

What’s Bernie Sanders About?

July 1st, 2015

Thank you Sara Thrasher for the suggestion.

An independent that is for the redistribution of wealth and a liberal who doesn’t want to take our firearms. Who could ask for more? Actually I could but we’ll get to that later. Bernie Sanders born in Brooklyn New York on September 8th 1941 should have bipartisan appeal. He is being ushered into the Presidential race as a hero for the people. Bernie calls himself a socialist democrat but he’s held a seat in the House of Representatives as the longest serving independent in U.S. history. Some (George F. Will) think that he’s not an independent or socialist but I don’t see how his unique integration of ideas can be considered anything else. I would honestly find relief if he was less of a socialist. I’m not a fan of big government. We need more effective and efficient legislation. This would minimize the need for more government. I think public service should be limited to a minimal local government, police, fireman, NASA (who should depend on more government funding), a well trained military, Policing at the National level, the offices allotted by the Constitution, and the skeleton crew it would take to run it all.

It’s widely thought that Bernie Sanders has no chance of winning the democratic primary but I really wish he did. No more status quo. Hillary Clinton (another presidential candidate) will however have to address issues that are further to the left than if Bernie Sanders wasn’t running. Still addressing such issues in her campaign is not the same as addressing them in office. I would rather vote for Bernie if the rest of his platform is sound.

Bernie Sanders’s stand on gun control makes him sort of an out cast among liberals. He’s even been called a Gun Nut. The foundation of America is being able to form a well regulated militia. This means citizens armed and ready to defend against any enemy of democracy, foreign or domestic. Owning and being able to effectively use a firearm is more than a right. I think of it as an American responsibility, more so in this day of unabashed terrorism. Much of the criticism is over a bill that would hold firearm manufacturers libel for some nut case shooting up an elementary school. The only person responsible for acts of terrorism is the misguided individual committing the acts. Holding a gun manufacturer liable for the murder someone else committed would be not the same as but parallel to holding a flatware manufacturer responsible for a person who stabs another individual in the eye with a fork. While a fork may not be made with the intent of violence it can be argued that guns are made with the intent of deterring it. Should we stop making forks because they can be and have been used in a fashion that is inconsistent with the purpose the manufacturer intended? The answer to minimizing these tragedies is more weapons not less. Most people are not criminals. In every case that a bullet has taken an innocent life another bullet could have prevented it. Imagine being in a mall with the intent of a mass murder. Now imagine every person there carrying a firearm. Would you be more willing to open fire or less willing. And if you were crazy enough to do it wouldn’t your effort to terrorize be minimize by the round that will certainly make it’s way to you. Teach law abiding citizens to defend themselves and do it with every step to adulthood. Learning how to handle firearms from a very early age is the way to minimize the few accidental shootings that will occur.

To safe proof the world everyone would have to have their own indestructible bubble. There’d no cars to drive, certainly no forks, and you wouldn’t be able to walk down the street unless you were walking on a pocket of air inside your bubble. Freedom is worth the risk of injury. I know because I’m a Gulf War Veteran who took that risk. Further there is no freedom without the risk of injury. There are those who have met with tragedy and I extend my deepest sympathies but I will never sacrifice mine or any other American’s freedom to ensure that it never happens again. My worst nightmare would be losing my only child to the will of some psychopath. I have and do regularly think about it. Though it would be the ultimate pain I would not support a ban on firearms. Pain can skew reason and sometimes the safety of children saturates and drowns the freedom of grandchildren and all the other children to follow. America is the home of the free and to keep that freedom we must be brave.

Bernie Sanders strikes a nerve for me and I mean that in a good way. It’s not often I’m this stimulated by a presidential prospect. I’ve spent the last two paragraphs explaining why I share his view on gun control but don’t miss out on why I support the redistribution of wealth in “More About The Redistribution Of Wealth“. My idea about how to redistribute wealth is different I’m sure (Occupational Parenting) but just to hear someone speak about redistribution without it being a dirty word is refreshing. You can also read some fun or maybe not so fun facts about billionaires in “Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?” I’m not sure that I support his entire agenda as enthusiastically as I support the two issues represented in this blog but these are the two big ones for me. Yes I would consider voting for Bernie Sanders. I only wish we were a nation where an independent could win. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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