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Why Locking Up High-Risk Children in the Foster Care System Is a Bad Idea

On occasion, I get notified that a child in the residential program has eluded staff and left the campus without authorization. As you can image, this is a significant concern. Typically this is a child who is experiencing an episode…

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Hopeful signs for LA County children yet even one death is too many

There is no need to be baffled by what has been accomplished in the last year. Even though all the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a committee appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve the child welfare system, have not been fully implemented, they outline how the deaths of children in the care of DCFS can be further reduced and hopefully eliminated.

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Travesty

Unlike many of our peer organizations, Hillsides does not provide foster family services. We do not have any foster homes associated with Hillsides. When asked why that was the case, my predecessor, John Hitchcock, indicated he was reluctant to provide…

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Dream day

Where were you 50 years ago when Martin Luther King, Jr. led that historic march on Washington, D.C. and shared his famous “I Have a Dream” speech? I was getting ready to enter 8th grade and had no clue how…

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Day one

Although I enjoy regular contact with any number of officials at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), it is rare that I get a direct request for assistance regarding a child being referred to our Residential Treatment Services….

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