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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Celebration in the Juvenile Courtroom

March 8, 2013

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The gallery in the juvenile courtroom is full. As the judge pulls the next file from his stack of juvenile probation cases, he looks up at a young man seated next to his Public Defender. His probation officer is across the room along with the District Attorney. This is a daily sight at the Sonoma […]

California’s Grandparents Are Changing the Look and Feel of Parenthood

February 19, 2013

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If you stop by any California schoolyard you’ll notice that a good number of the people there to greet children appear to be beyond parenting age – in fact many look old enough to be grandparents. That’s because indeed, many of them are. While the definition of “parent” is open to interpretation and families come […]

Giving Back From Behind Bars

December 3, 2012

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Dozens of inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California know firsthand that after making big mistakes, nothing feels quite as good as giving back.  This week, we visited San Quentin along with four other Bay Area nonprofits and were each awarded approximately $7,200 as part of the prison’s Joint Venture Program (JVP). The JVP, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2012

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Happy Thanksgiving! Since 1895, parents have been posing the same question to Sunny Hills Services: “Can you help my child? We feel frightened and desperate and don’t know where to turn…” The answer from Sunny Hills has always been the same. “Yes, we can help.” Sometimes the child has suffered a trauma or abuse. Sometimes […]

Leaving the Gang Life Behind: The Importance of a Support Network

November 6, 2012

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While reading today’s New York Times, an article about youth in the juvenile justice system caught my eye. According to the article, more than 80 percent of juveniles who enter the criminal justice system early in life have at some point belonged to a gang, and the average age of first gun use was an […]

Thinking Outside the Gender Box

September 4, 2012

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In mid-July, I had the opportunity to participate in the 6th Annual Gender Spectrum Family Conference in Berkeley – a conference that brings together transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families to celebrate gender diversity, honor gender non-conforming youth, participate in workshops related to health and wellbeing, and build a community of support.  I […]

On Being Part of the Solution

August 16, 2012

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When horrible events happen, it’s hard not to see the world as a dark, scary, unpredictable place. But when working in support of children, particularly with vulnerable youth like those we serve at Sunny Hills, things feel more hopeful because every day we are witness to fragile young lives being shaped and strengthened in response […]