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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 […]

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 […]