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Emancipation: A Rough Entry into Adulthood

By Annika Lile Two hundred dollars and a handshake.  This is what welcomed Dennys Valle, at the age of 17, into “adulthood” when he left the foster care system. “I felt like an alien out in this new world,” said…

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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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Written statement in response to an article in San Jose Mercury News

The trauma that children and youth in foster care experience is a serious issue which deserves not only our attention but our concerted action to eliminate it. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News (SJMN) suggests that Hillsides…

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