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If You See Something, Say Something

In commenting on the most recent death of a child, Anthony Avalos, in the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Supervisor Kathryn Barger asks how could this happen when there were so many…

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As a Community Mourns, Could This Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

News of the stabbing deaths of three brothers allegedly at the hand of their father in South Los Angeles last week was devastating, not just because of the loss of these three innocent boys but because a community that had…

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Why We All Have a Role in Keeping Children Safe

This past week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a Mission Statement for the recently established Office of Child Protection. It states that “the safety and well-being of all of our children is of highest priority” and highlights…

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Why the Future of Residential Treatment Affects Relative Caregivers

Nationally the trend in foster care is to use residential treatment centers like Hillsides as a resource for children and families to 1) assess the challenges they are experiencing, 2) provide a consistent therapeutic environment within which to stabilize the…

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Are Children in Foster Care Overmedicated? 

Children in the foster care system have been traumatized in some way, if for no other reason that they have been removed from their families. Overmedication is a symptom of a system that is haphazard, uncoordinated, and driven by the need to safeguard its own interests rather than that of the children it serves.

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