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The largest obstacle to personal safety is you. Many people think "It can't happen to me" or "what's going to happen, is going to happen".
An attack against you or your family, a fire in your home or office, a potential fatal auto incident, or some other disaster can take place at any time. But you have the power to be IN CHARGE of what happens to you and your family by taking active responsibility for your own security.
Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in part by the country's growing population. But the numbers also indicate that law enforcement treats the cases more seriously now, including those of marginalized citizens.
An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.
But only a tiny fraction of those are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger.
For example, the federal government counted 840,279 missing persons cases in 2001. All but about 50,000 were juveniles, classified as anyone younger than 18.
Here's a list of critical signs that may help you find out the truth.
These are perilous times to be a teenager. Kids in this generation are faced with a barrage of temptations that didn’t exist for earlier generations. In this era of ”zero tolerance,” it’s become tougher to be a teenager, and discretionary action by teachers, judges and police officers has become almost non-existent.
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The National Center for Missing Adults, based in Phoenix, consistently tracks about 48,000 "active cases," says president Kym Pasqualini, although that number has been bumped up by nearly 11,000 reports of persons missing after this year's hurricanes.
In a phone interview, Pasqualini said a breakdown of the 48,000 cases reveals the democratic nature of America's missing persons.
Slightly more than half—about 25,500—of the missing are men. About four out of 10 missing adults are white, three of 10 black and two of 10 Latino.
Among missing adults, about one-sixth have psychiatric problems. Young men, people with drug or alcohol addictions and elderly citizens suffering from dementia make up other significant subgroups of missing adults.
About half of the roughly 800,000 missing juvenile cases in 2001 involved runaways, and another 200,000 were classified as family abductions related to domestic or custody disputes.
Only about 100 missing-child reports each year fit the profile of a stereotypical abduction by a stranger or vague acquaintance.
Two-thirds of those victims are ages 12 to 17, and among those eight out of 10 are white females, according to a Justice Department study. Nearly 90 percent of the abductors are men, and they sexually assault their victims in half of the cases.
To further complicate categorization of cases, the FBI designates some missing-person incidents—both adult and juvenile—that seem most dire as "endangered" or "involuntary."
IF THE PARTIES CANNOT REACH AN AGREEMENT on visitation and child custody matters, the court, not you, will determine each parent's rights and obligations toward their children. The court will make decisions about your children if:
Custody refers to the responsibility of caring for the children and planning for their future. If you have children with another person, the end of that relationship usually does not mean the end of your contact with that person. Together you should try to agree on a plan that is best for your children. There are many different types of custody:
If you and the other parent cannot agree on a plan, the court will decide. The official legal standard is always the child's "best interest". The problem in many divorces or actions involving children is that there is not always a clear line that one parent is better than the other. The policy favored by the courts is that arrangement which allows for frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Before the court makes these decisions, parents must go through a process with Family Court Services called "mediation". But if there is a need for immediate orders, the court could issue them prior to mediation.
So when it comes to encounters with cops, the rules have changed for parents. It's almost a miracle if your kid doesn’t get arrested, or face the prospect of it, at some point in his or her march to adulthood. Many times, it won’t even be his or her fault!
With these times in mind, then, let’s discuss some things you need to know and tell your kid to keep him (or her) out of jail.
Don’t be in a hurry to resolve your case. If the worst happens, and you find yourself arrested, or even confined, remember that a conviction is forever.If the offense is not that significant, such as a simple possession case, most of the time there will be an opportunity for some type of pre-trialdiversion. With more serious cases, such as felonies or violent crimes, time often negatively impacts the state’s case, and improves the defense’ scase. Witnesses move or go to college, more serious offenses takeprecedence with the court, budget cuts overload overworked prosecutors,and the older cases are more easily negotiated. A competent defense attorney knows the system and can navigate you through the process withas little exposure as possible. The six months (or even a year) your casemay take could work to your advantage with more serious cases. So let things work themselves out and give your lawyer time to do his or her thing.
You may have noticed that the things that will keep your kid out of jail will also keep you out of jail! All this ”zero tolerance” stuff doesn’t just impact kids; plenty of adults have found themselves in situations they neverimagined because they were just trying to be “helpful” to a law enforcementofficer. Don't think this is an anti cop article with this information. Most of thehonest ones (and most police officers are honest) tell their kids the same things.Keep your car in good repair, keep the music turned down low enough so you can hear a siren behind you, be polite and professional, and remember the question:
“Officer, am I free to leave?”