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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Closing the Achievement Gap: One Size Does NOT Fit All

April 15, 2013

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Closing the achievement gap in academics between at-risk, marginalized, student populations and their mainstream counterparts is the goal of a great many public and private initiatives across our country; and rightly so, as education continues to be the cornerstone for opportunities and self-sufficiency. The root causes of the achievement gap are many, and there isn’t […]

Changing the Lives of California’s Foster Youth

January 8, 2013

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BAYC, a division of Sunny Hills Services, ended 2012 by continuing to blaze a trail for California’s foster youth.  BAYC is the FIRST Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) provider in the State!  More than two years since the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB12) passed, which extends support for youth in foster care […]