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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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Why LA County Must Opt In to Fund Relative Caregivers

I read recently that the average cost to bring up a child is about $250,000. No one would deny that our children are worth every penny, but it’s quite a sobering number for anyone considering taking on the responsibility of…

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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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In Spite of Budget Impasse Key Piece of Legislation Advances in Sacramento

During the past week a key piece of legislation has advanced at the State Capitol that will have a direct impact on children, youth and families we serve. The California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12–Bass and Beall) is…

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