Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. Our vision is to create lasting change in the lives of all at-risk children and youth we serve. We provide…

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What’s new

We’ve expanded our blog to include wellness topics, covering mental well-being, fitness, and nutrition, and community resources penned by Hillsides staff. Complementing the weekly blog, “Costa’s Call,” Hillsides CEO Joseph M. Costa discusses pressing and newsworthy issues that impact child welfare.


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How Adopting a Child Can Reverse the Cycle of Trauma

Editor’s Note: November is National Adoption Month. In honor of the month, and of those parents who decide to take the transformative step to adopt a child, this week’s blog post centers on our Bienvenidos Foster Care and Adoption program….

A Time to Give Back and a Time to be Thankful

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Recently I met with a group of staff who provide crisis services to children and families who are at risk of being separated. They described a household of three generations that was…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Why it’s Important to Speak Up

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Domestic violence is an issue that is difficult to address because of the stigma and shame associated with it. However, as painful and disturbing as it is, this issue is a crucial…

How Do I Love Thee? How One Hillsides Counselor Uses ‘Love Languages’ to Help her Clients

By Alison Bell Hillsides child and family specialist Lakisha Robinson is an avid reader.  In her varied readings, she is always looking for books she can use as a tool to help families. A few years ago, she happened upon…

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Hillsides Gala, Heart of Brazil

By Lisa Gavitt Our annual gala, Heart of Brazil, is coming up on Saturday night, February 23, 2019, at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we hope to see you all there….

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The Upside of Loss: A Runner Learns to Make Peace with a New Reality

  By Alison Bell I have been a runner since I was 18. Before that, I got my exercise fix through sports. From age 10 on, there wasn’t a team sport I didn’t like. I played on the girls’ junior…

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