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Creating Bridges from Trauma to Happiness

At our recent donor recognition event, the Circle of Excellence dinner, the speaker, Dianne Dixon, was a very distinguished author, screen writer and one-time member of the Hillsides Board of Director who has been a voice for vulnerable children throughout…

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How understanding trauma gets to the cause of behaviors

At the recent conference of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, a keynote speaker addressed the impact of trauma on the children and families we serve. She began with a powerful exercise that asked each of us to recall a trauma…

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What courageous leadership looks like

Ritchie Geisel stepped down as the CEO and President of Bienvenidos on Monday, Aug. 1. This represents one more milestone in the integration of Bienvenidos and Hillsides as I now assume those responsibilities for both organizations. At 71, a full…

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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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What AB403 Needs to be Successful

A recent article appearing in Youth Today addressed the new legislation that is taking effect and intended to reform the foster care system in California, AB403. The writers stress that the aim of the law is to preserve families at…

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