Tales of Modern Motherhood This Sh*t Just Got Real

Pam Levin

Opens Off-Broadway at United Solo Festival on Theatre Row October 2nd and 6th

Funny, endearing ‘Tales of Modern Motherhood’ explores reluctance of parenthood

This one woman show is witty, entertaining, poignant, real, raw, all in one; in short, it’s everything fine theatre should be.”

— Bonnie Priever Curtain Up

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, September 27, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tales of Modern Motherhood: This Sh*t Just Got Real, written and performed by Pam Levin, is a brutally funny comedy about the uncertainties of becoming a parent, the FEAR of being a parent, and the reservations of why she didn’t just settle for a dog. It addresses the good, the bad and the ugly truth about what really happens behind closed doors and gives a very honest perspective on the hardest job in the world, PARENTING! Director, Mark Hatfield said Levin’s show is “like lassoing a tornado, wrestling an octopus and juggling chainsaws…then she whiplashes you with tender moments that will melt your heart…”

Pam is a native of Northeast Philadelphia and a veteran in the one-woman show genre. She toured the world with the AWARD-WINNING show, The Quiet Room and performed In My Own X-Rated Words, written by Fredrica Duke both OFF Broadway and in Los Angeles. Tales of Modern Motherhood is her first original work and has had a phenomenal run in Los Angeles, playing to sold out houses ending in standing ovations. Curtain Up says: "Pam Levin is a force to be reckoned with, leaving a legacy, sure to resonate and ring true with all the women (and men in their lives)."

The show makes it's East Coast Premiere at New York’s United Solo Festival on Theatre Row, October 2nd (SoldOut) and October 6th. Be sure to check the United Solo Festival website for added performances.

Tales of Modern Motherhood This Sh*t Just Got Real opens January 6th, 2018 at Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles as the featured production at Solofest 2018.

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NorthTexasFamilies.org Delivers Families Access Most Comprehensive Database for Social Services and Resources


Dallas’ 116-year-old nonprofit, ChildCareGroup, launches NTXF, a comprehensive mobile website database to connect families with resources and social services.

ChildCareGroup uses a holistic, two generation approach in our work with families. By providing quality early child education along with access to services needed to be healthy and self-sufficient.”

— Tori Mannes, CEO ChildCareGroup

DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, September 26, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Children do better when parents do better. And when families succeed, the community thrives. This vision is the motivation behind NorthTexasFamilies.org (NTXF). Founded by Dallas’ 116-year-old nonprofit, ChildCareGroup, NTXF is a comprehensive database in the form of a mobile-friendly website connecting families with resources, services and benefits. NTXF provides information on community resources from: early childhood programs, education, parenting support, health, food, transportation, finance, work and legal services. There is no comparable tool in the area giving families a central access point to all of these services.
Prior to NorthTexasFamilies.org, families and service providers would become frustrated and discouraged trying to piece together accurate information on community resources that could help them build healthy and productive lives.
“ChildCareGroup uses a holistic, two generation approach in our work with young children and their families. Providing children with a quality early education is not enough; we must also ensure that their parents have access to the other services and resources they need to be healthy and more self-sufficient, stated ChildCareGroup CEO, Tori Mannes. “NorthTexasFamilies.org provides a solution for parents who need to find services for their families and for the social workers or case managers at area nonprofits who wish to refer their clients to other community agencies. We look forward to working with our nonprofit partners to expand the NTXF site and collaborate more strategically to improve the lives of North Texas families,” continued Mannes.
Established in 1901, ChildCareGroup's mission is to promote, deliver and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. Over the years, the organization realized that families face many separate but related challenges that impact their ability to achieve greater self sufficiency. For example, without reliable transportation and access to affordable child care, how can a parent sustain a job or pursue an education? The sharp decline in median income, lack of affordable housing and transportation has resulted in more neighborhoods with concentrated poverty.
According to Mayor Rawlings’s Task Force on Poverty, Dallas families are facing poverty.
• 31% of Dallas County children are living in poverty
• Over 50% of Dallas households make less than $50,000 per year (of which 28% make less than $25,000 per year)
• 48% of Dallas County residents have a high school diploma or less
• 61% of Dallas County households are single-parent homes

ChildCareGroup created the comprehensive database using the technology of Austin-based company, Aunt Bertha, and customized search categories to specifically serve families. Users may search the site by city, county, zip code or area of need. The search results provide program and contact information on service providers throughout North Texas. Funding for NorthTexasFamilies.org was provided by Carl & Florence E. King Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. ChildCareGroup will partner with providers throughout North Texas to continually update their information on the site so to better serve families and increase community impact.

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Over 121,000 Investigated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect in North Carolina

Children’s Home Society of NC – Photography by Suzanne Tucker

Rebecca Starnes, VP Programs and Quality Improvement, CHSNC

According to Children's Home Society of NC early data shows over 121,000 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect during fiscal year July 2016 – June 2017

Too many families are struggling and under severe stress”

— Rebecca Starnes, Children's Home Society of NC

GREENSBORO, NC, USA, September 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Early data shows there were over 121,000 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina during fiscal year July 2016 through June 2017. State law requires individuals or institutions suspecting child abuse or neglect to report cases to the Division of Social Services (DSS) for investigation (G.S. 7B-301).

“The high number of children impacted by neglect or abuse indicates too many families are struggling and under severe stress,” said Rebecca Starnes, Vice President of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. “Abuse and neglect can be the product of a number of issues facing families, including poverty, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, high levels of stress, unrealistic expectations of children, mental health challenges, or substance abuse.”

“DSS is an advocate and fail-safe for the more than 2.2 million children and their families in our state,” said Starnes. “This vital service is provided by dedicated and hard working staff in all 100-counties across North Carolina.”

DSS staff investigates and assesses all suspected cases of child abuse and neglect; diagnoses the problem with the family; provides in-home services to help keep families together; coordinates community and agency services; or, petitions the court for removal of the child from the home, if necessary.

Nearly 70-percent of the abuse and neglect cases were reported by educational personnel, medical personnel, law courts, and human services. Approximately 30-percent were referred by relatives, non-relatives, parents, or care providers. Child victims reported fewer than one-percent of the cases.

“There are different reasons for and levels of abuse and neglect,” said Starnes. “The hopeful news is that families have support. Parents can learn about their children’s needs and learn new, better ways to react. Parents can change their behavior, and even if they’ve had problems or challenges in the past, the majority can provide a safe, loving, and permanent home for their child.”

Following the investigation of reported cases in 2016-17, around 45-percent of the findings indicated that services were needed, recommended, or have been provided. Services were not recommended for 40-percent of the cases, and about 16-percent were determined to be unsubstantiated.

“Depending on the specific needs of children and families,” said Starnes, “Children’s Home Society and other organizations partner with DSS and provide a variety of options including intensive family preservation services (support and education in the home), family education programs, foster care, and adoption services.”

Demographically, the male-female ratio of investigated cases was virtually even at 51 to 49-percent. Almost 40-percent of the cases were ages 0 to 5, with 39-percent ages 6 to 12. Roughly 20-percent of the children were ages 13-17.

“Most of our abuse and neglect cases require intensive family preservation services,” said Starnes. “Teaming with DSS, our specialists work with the child and family daily, providing the education and resources they need to understand and overcome their problems and develop healthier family relationships.”

“The success rate of the intensive family preservation program is remarkable,” said Starnes. “Over 95-percent of the families completed the program. Six months following completion, 98-percent of the children are still in the home in a situation deemed safe by DSS.”

According to Starnes, abuse and neglect impacts rural and urban areas, crosses all socio-economic lines and includes every race.

Approximately 51-percent of the investigated cases of abuse and neglect last year were Caucasian. African-Americans made up the second largest segment with about 36-percent, followed by Hispanic at around 11-percent. All other races combined, including American Indian and Alaskan, were roughly 13-percent of the investigated cases.

“Partnerships with the staff of DSS are critical to achieving success for the child. One organization could not do the work alone,” said Starnes. “We all want children to be in safe, loving, and permanent families, and we’re working together to do what we can to help make that happen.”

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina helps support more than 20,000 children and families annually through a diverse array of services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, teen pregnancy prevention, and family preservation programs.

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Source: Data are provided by the Jordan Institute for Families, part of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

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