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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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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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Are Children in Foster Care Overmedicated? 

Children in the foster care system have been traumatized in some way, if for no other reason that they have been removed from their families. Overmedication is a symptom of a system that is haphazard, uncoordinated, and driven by the need to safeguard its own interests rather than that of the children it serves.

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Why child welfare investigation delays are unacceptable

If your children reported that they had been mistreated or assaulted in any way, it wouldn’t take long for you to address the issue and assure your children that they would be kept safe. Then why is it that children…

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187 Reasons to Believe in Foster Children       

The media accounts of the foster care system failures can be overwhelming. You begin to wonder if any good comes from the efforts of the child welfare system. Then you read an article that gives you hope like the one…

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