Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

February 23, 2015

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We are happy to share with you this lovely story of Bill Jones, a dear friend and supporter of Sunny Hills Services. The text of the story is pasted below from NPR’s website. In the 1960s in California, the state wanted children to be adopted into two-parent homes. But officials were having trouble placing hundreds of children, […]

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It Takes a Village, and a Country Mart, to Help Children in Need

June 4, 2014

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When Marin Country Mart’s CEO and Founder Jim Rosenfield and Sunny Hills’ CEO Mary Denton met, they realized that they share a lot—both believe in building strong communities, the importance of giving back, and both work to ensure better and brighter futures for children, especially those with the odds stacked against them. Jim is a […]

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Every Month Should Be Foster Care Month

May 27, 2014

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May is National Foster Care Month, when we’re reminded that more than 463,000 children in the US live in foster care. While we laud the annual recognition of this important cause, foster children and youth need recognition, support, guidance and love every day of every month.                 Growing into a happy, responsible, productive adult presents […]

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The Hunt School Adds Computers to its Rich Academic Environment

March 12, 2014

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Last year Sunny Hills’ Irene M. Hunt School of Marin (the Hunt School), where more than thirty 5-17 year olds with severe emotional challenges come to learn, went through a major remodel. Some of the upgrades were structural – a new classroom was built and wheelchair ramps, landings and other accessibility improvements made the school […]

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Drink This Tea & Help a Sunny Hills Services Child…

December 10, 2013

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The holiday season’s upon us and baby it’s cold outside!  At Sunny Hills, when the temperature drops, we warm-up with a cup of tea from one of our steadfast corporate partners and the leading purveyor of premium teas, The Republic of Tea. The Republic of Tea’s been supporting Sunny Hills’ programs for children who face […]

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Learn the Signs: Identifying Childhood Mental Health Disorders

September 10, 2013

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If you take a look inside any of your local K-12 classrooms, it’s extremely likely that you’ll see a student who is suffering from a mental health disorder sitting amongst his or her peers. That’s because 1 out of 5 children ages 3 to 17 in the United States experience a mental health disorder in […]

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Navigating Big Waves & Holding Strong

August 27, 2013

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— BAYC’s rafting trip proves to be a lot like life — As you might know, it’s not easy getting a teenager out of bed before say 11 AM.  It can be done, but young people simply aren’t wired to greet the sunrise. Last week was an exception, when a group of courageous and determined […]

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Sade: This is What is Possible

August 15, 2013

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At Bay Area Youth Centers (BAYC), a division of Sunny Hills Services, we partner with foster youth transitioning out of care in order to empower them to live independently as the most self-reliant, confident adults they can be. At the heart of our work is recognizing each youth in their individuality and helping them to know […]

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Many Foster Youth are Also Teen Parents – They Need Our Support

May 31, 2013

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As we recognize National Foster Care Month, we can all reflect on the systemic progress that has been achieved for youth in the foster care system.  Most recently, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB12) has extended support for youth in foster care from age 18 to age 21, giving youth crucial additional time […]

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Empowering Foster Youth to Follow Their Dreams: An Inside Look at the RAFA Program

May 8, 2013

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“This is the only place I’ve ever called home,” said Brittany, a 17-year old foster youth who has been living in BAYC’s transitional housing program for 6 months. In just a few weeks, Brittany will turn 18, an age she’s dreaded since entering the foster care system at age 4 when she was taken away […]

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