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Why the Nassar Case Proves We Should Believe the Children

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO The notorious case of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of more than 150 women and girls he treated as a USA Gymnastics and Michigan State sports physician has brought the issue of sexual…

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Why Two Organizations are Better As One

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Many of our regular funders ask how the affiliation with Bienvenidos has gone, given its significance for both organizations. Integration of two organizations is best-described as a work in progress, and that certainly is…

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Why the Turpin Family Abuse is a Failure Not Only of the Parents but a Community

The story of 13 siblings, mostly children, being tortured and imprisoned by their parents, David and Louise Turpin, in Perris is horrific. For most of us, it is unimaginable how something like this could happen. What possibly could have contributed…

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A New Year’s Welcome to the New Director at DCFS

The beginning of December 2017 saw the introduction of a new director at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Bobby Cagle, who is now leading the largest child welfare system in the country after serving…

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Hillsides Christmas Miracle: A Little Boy Finds a Happy Ending for the Holidays

   I would like to share the story of one of our children in the residential program that the child’s therapist has likened to a Christmas miracle and greatly exemplifies our mission here at Hillsides.    This year, Ben* 10,…

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