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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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Understanding the effects of trauma

This past spring I attended a conference that featured a presentation on the effects of trauma on the brain. Seeing the images of the brain before and after treatment was fascinating. Stress, resulting from trauma, can have any number of…

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Centennial kick off

Even growing up on the East Coast the Tournament of Roses Parade was a New Years’ Day tradition. While getting ready to enjoy a late lunch with family and friends we would all sit around the TV commenting on the…

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Christmas Eve at the Langham

Every year around this time I check in with Tom Johnson, the director of our Residential Treatment Servicesand ask the same question: how many residents will be here for Christmas? In spite of our efforts to increase a greater connection…

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Hermit Crabs and the Season of Giving

As I walked out of the Children’s Resource Center the other day, I ran into one of our residents, who was meeting with his therapist, when he asked to see me. Not wanting to disrupt his conversation with his therapist,…

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