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How One Family Opened Their Hearts and Their Home to Four Siblings in Foster Care

  The Alvarados’ home is filled with the voices of happy children calling “mom” and “pa.” These words may not seem special to the average family, but to Rosalinda and Carlos Alvarado, they mean everything. Four of their seven children…

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It’s Official! Hillsides and Bienvenidos Announce Our Affiliation

  In the last two and a half months, I have used this blog to update you on the exciting news of Hillsides intent to merge with another well-respected child welfare agency, Bienvenidos. In today’s blog, I am very happy…

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The Healthcare Effect

Since announcing our intent to merge with Bienvenidos, many longtime supporters of the organization have reached out to better understand the rationale for this significant and historic milestone. Four recent developments prompted this opportunity: the Affordable Care Act, the integration…

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Why these reforms may prevent abuse

On a regular basis we are all overwhelmed by horrific stories of abuse and neglect of children. It seems incomprehensible that such atrocities can happen in our community. The sad reality is that no matter what is being done to…

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Why children in residential treatment need specialized education

The debate has begun in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and other state capitols about how to best provide for the most vulnerable children and families in our communities. Assembly Bill 403, which is being introduced in the State Assembly during the…

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