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Defining Families

I’ve been invited to participate on a panel sponsored by the Pasadena Library entitled “Creating Families Today.” I admit the title is overwhelming. For many generations, Hillsides served as a surrogate family for many children who, for various reasons, were separated…

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How keeping families together fulfills dreams

No matter how challenging a family situation can be, there are few children I have met in 30 years in this field who do not long for the love and caring of a family. If not their own, they desire…

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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 Freddie Gray matters to all of us

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs , I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are…

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