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Celebrating Mama Lucy for her 35-year devotion to serving children

Editor’s Note: Read about Mama Lucy’s incredible 35 years of service to children and watch a video of this amazing woman who is profiled today in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Steve Lopez.  Inevitably when I meet former residents,…

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We Should Do No Harm in Pursuit of a Child Welfare Reform

Just this week on Tuesday, the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on what is called Group Home Reform. A number of advocates including a youth, who was formerly in foster care, were at the hearing on hand to…

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Why residential treatment stays for children should not be cut

Recently a 10-year-old resident experienced a crisis characterized by threats to run away and a manic episode of constant activity. This is a child who has experienced great trauma in his brief life, has been hospitalized numerous times, and requires…

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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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Childhood and holiday wishes fulfilled

  I am releasing my weekly blog on Tuesday rather than on Wednesday to coincide with #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This is a national movement that celebrates being charitable to others and encourages people to give back to others as…

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