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Why Prince Harry speaking out about trauma can help with mental health stigma

Many of the children and youth we serve have experienced great losses in their lives. For a child, the ultimate loss would be that of a parent, whether through death or because substance or alcohol use has resulted in their…

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We Mourn the Loss of Nancy Garni, a Great Advocate and Friend

We were informed that on Friday, October 9, Nancy Garni, a long-time employee at Hillsides and our chief advancement officer, passed away at her home in Pasadena surrounded by her husband and daughter. Nancy had been on a medical leave…

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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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How Two Intrepid Rock Climbers Give Inspiration this New Year

This Dawn Wall climb is the perfect metaphor for the challenges that those we serve confront. For many of the children, youth, and families in our care, the issues they address are as insurmountable as the granite wall these climbers are attempting to climb. Confronted by the sheer magnitude of the obstacles in their lives, they nevertheless set a course to overcome them, driven by the desire to be free of the traumas they have experienced.

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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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