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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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How One Family Opened Their Hearts and Their Home to Four Siblings in Foster Care

  The Alvarados’ home is filled with the voices of happy children calling “mom” and “pa.” These words may not seem special to the average family, but to Rosalinda and Carlos Alvarado, they mean everything. Four of their seven children…

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Why Social Workers are True Heroes

It’s easy to overlook the horrors that occur on a daily basis within our own community. The image of Pasadena as an extraordinary place has been well-developed, reinforced by the magical New Year’s Tournament of Rose Parade televised throughout the…

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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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Hopeful signs for LA County children yet even one death is too many

There is no need to be baffled by what has been accomplished in the last year. Even though all the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a committee appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve the child welfare system, have not been fully implemented, they outline how the deaths of children in the care of DCFS can be further reduced and hopefully eliminated.

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