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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Furry Friends are Helpful Classroom Aides

February 5, 2013

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“No pets allowed.” – It’s a sign commonly seen on school grounds but one you definitely won’t see at the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin. For years, the Hunt School (formerly Marin Academic Center) has gladly welcomed therapy dogs on campus. In fact, they’ve become a popular element of the school’s therapeutic educational program. […]