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Children’s Deaths on the Rise

Once again the Los Angeles Times has kept the issue of children deaths while in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services front and center in an article published on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, entitled, “Deaths from…

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Blue Pencil Chaos

Last week was one of great highs and lows. At the beginning of the week I was invited along with many other child welfare executives to join Governor Schwarzenegger for the signing of Assembly Bill 12. Many of you who…

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Bill to Help Emancipated Youth and Kinship Care Passes

On September 30 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he has signed legislation to improve the lives of children and youth in California’s foster care system including AB 12 by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Assemblymember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles)…

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Trends in Care

On September 14 the Hillsides’ leadership staff gathered for a presentation on trends in child welfare presented by Beth Skidmore, a nationally recognized consultant in child welfare and a long-time colleague and friend of mine from the east coast. She…

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New York Times Article Raised Questions About Treatment

Many of you read an article published in the New York Times on September 2 and written by Duff Wilson entitled, “Child’s Ordeal Shows Risks o Psychosis Drugs or Young.” The article addresses the use of psychosis drugs in the…

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