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Category: Costa’s Call


Resolve to change

As George Floyd was laid to rest, I was reminded that after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I realized for the first time that black adolescents were at greater risk of harm than their white peers. I was actually embarrassed that it took me so long to understand…

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Child Welfare Heroes

There has been some debate about who exactly falls into the category of essential workers during this time of COVID-19 quarantine. Most agree that health care workers, first responders and grocery store personnel fall into this category. And there are…

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COVID Masks Child Abuse

Since the introduction of “shelter in place” measures here and around the country, child welfare systems have reported a significant decline in child abuse reports. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times noted the trend here in Los Angeles…

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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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