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How One Social Worker Has the Right Stuff for the Joy and Heartache of Foster Care

by Alison Bell What is it like in the day of a foster care social worker?  It’s both harder and more rewarding than you might think. Patience and wisdom.  Check. Ability to smooth over potential conflicts with skill of a…

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Could You Be a Foster Parent?

 By Elizabeth Mariscal With over 21,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County, we need to ask ourselves, who is going to help raise these children when their biological families cannot?  They say it takes a village to raise…

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Help a Child Find Their `Happily Ever After’

Several years ago, Claudia Orange and her husband Rudy bought a four bedroom home.  The Rancho Cucamonga, California couple was unable to have children, and the place felt too big. Claudia began to think about becoming a resource parent (formerly…

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Celebrating Foster Care Month: How One Little Girl Found her `Forever Family’

Hillsides is dedicated to the goal of creating permanency for the children and youth we serve. For the vast majority of the children, the best pathway is to support their parents and extended family to address any issues that might…

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How One Family Opened Their Hearts and Their Home to Four Siblings in Foster Care

  The Alvarados’ home is filled with the voices of happy children calling “mom” and “pa.” These words may not seem special to the average family, but to Rosalinda and Carlos Alvarado, they mean everything. Four of their seven children…

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