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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Welcome to Our Corner of the World – Thanks for Stopping By!

July 30, 2012

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For the past 117 years, Sunny Hills has been committed to improving the lives of Bay Area children who navigate a rough road. The youth we serve in each of our programs struggle with mental health issues, or need preventative support. Many are dealing with or at risk of ongoing extreme effects of abuse, neglect, […]