PARENT SERVICES.

CHILD HEALTH,CHILD CARE, NANNIES.

Parents living overseas are more than likely doing so on a work contract and as such at least one parent is under a heavy work commitment.

Parents living overseas already often have limited support from a network of friends and family and the issue of child care in the home is a real one.

With only one of the parents taking an active role in the guardianship of the children, it easy for both child and parent at home to become a burden to each other.

Neither is providing the stimulation to the other that is necessary for the relationship to be as positive as it could be.This is a major reason why a Nanny is employed in so many French parents home living abroad.

NANNIES.

A nanny is not a housekeeper nor even a babysitter but a well paid childcarer who particpates in all areas of child development.

Language skills,social graces,manners and even toilet training are all in a days work for a nanny.Bringing crafts, games, reading and other educational activities into the childs day nannies provide the social, emotional, and intellectual stimulus a child needs as well as providing a behaviorable role model.

It is the aspect of role model that is making male nannies or a manny as they are sometimes called very fashionable in the United States.Many parents especially of boys are seeking masculine role models for their children.

The last few years, men have become increasingly involved in childcare and are being placed by domestic agencies nationwide.For more on the need of a nanny and issues involving parents abroad see here...

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CHILD HEALTH NEWS.

A Children's Defense Fund analysis has found that the percentage of
immigrant (i.e., noncitizen) children without health insurance coverage
increased from 39.2 percent in 2000 to 41.6 percent in 2001 and 42.1
percent in 2002. The back-to-back increases suggest an upward trend that
could continue unless action is taken. By contrast, the percentage of
all children who are uninsured did not change between 2001 and 2002,
remaining at 11.6 percent.

The Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (ICHIA), part of the
Senate-passed Medicare prescription drug bill (S. 1), would reverse this
troubling trend by helping hundreds of thousands of children, both legal
immigrant children and citizen children with immigrant parents, obtain
health insurance coverage. This measure, which is vital to the health
of children in immigrant families, has been overshadowed by some of the
other issues in the Medicare conference.

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ICHIA, Section 605 of the Senate bill, would allow, but not require,
states to provide Medicaid and/or State Children's Health Insurance
Program (SCHIP) coverage to legal immigrant children and pregnant women.

Iit is important to maintain the gains that have
been made over the past several years, and build on the improvements in
Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) coverage
for children and families." Making enrollment in SCHIP and Medicaid
easier by expanding outreach efforts, coordinating outreach with
programs such as the School Lunch program and simplifying applications
has allowed more families to enroll in these programs.

On March 29-31 2004 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Consumer Directed Health Care Conference & Expo will bring the industry's employers, providers, policy makers, health plans, and technology innovators together to discuss the latest issues, forecasts, and solutions that are redefining the consumer-driven health care market.

In recent weeks, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced an interim final regulation for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Program that is part of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Law. It is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries with the cost of prescription drugs. Individuals will be able to enroll in a Medicare approved prescription drug discount program beginning in spring 2004

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