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Why the Latest School Shooting Shows the Need for Both Mental Health Services and Gun Control Measures

The recent school shooting in Highland Ranch, Colorado prompted the community there to gather in a vigil to recall the heroism of one student who perished tackling the shooter, another fellow student. At one point during the vigil, the assembly…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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Why the warning signs of suicide are important

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Recently I learned that one of our female residents reported her intent to harm herself. As they discussed her feelings and what was causing her to feel so desperate, staff agreed that…

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