How a New App Streamlines Care for Vulnerable Families in Romania

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Together with her team, Adela has visited 1,871 families since September, when the Community Services for Children programme started in Moinești. The programme is financed by UNICEF and operates in 38 communities in the county of Bacău in Romania.

When her team met Loredana and Ioan, they immediately saw that their home was not a healthy environment to raise children. She spoke to them and took notes into a tablet app called Aurora. The app helps social workers keep all the information on one family in one place, saving all data in a system that can be accessed by the entire team. Social workers previously took notes on paper and would need extra time to type everything into their computers when they returned to the office. Now they can save time by updating files on the go.

The app also comes with a thorough questionnaire, and alerts users when conclusions can be drawn. It was Aurora that pointed out that Loredana and Ioan are eligible for social housing and that the girls needed vaccines.

Kid Crashes Live Weather Forecast, Predicts Farts and Toots

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Kudos to Mr. Ellis for handling this with such aplomb. I don’t think I would have been able to stop giggling. 😜

Boing Boing:

Jackson, Mississippi had some strange weather last Saturday – at least according to Houston, the energetic boy who leapt onto the WLBT weather set while meteorologist Patrick Ellis was in the middle of a forecast. After flapping his arms and cawing like a bird, and then appearing to fart a couple of times, Houston pointed at the weather map and said, “There are farts everywhere, and toots!”

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What Kind Of Film The Nightwing Movie Will Be, According To The Director

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The last few days have been incredibly exciting for DC fans. Not only has Matt Reeves returned as the director of the solo Batman movie, but we were also recently treated to the announcement that The LEGO Batman Movie’s Chris McKay has been tapped to helm a Nightwing film. Nightwing is a fan-favorite character that DC geeks have longed to see on the silver screen for decades, and McKay has officially promised that the movie will be as engaging and compelling as Dick Grayson’s comic book stories.

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Children Get More Satisfaction From Relationships With Their Pets Than With Siblings

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Medical Express:

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Children also appear to get on even better with their animal companions than with siblings.

The research adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being.