Looking back on foster care

Andre Taylor was an infant when he was taken from his mother and placed into the foster care system.  He persevered and thrived, and has earned a college degree from UC Santa Barbara, despite going through a time with a horribly abusive foster family and having an unrelenting fear of being unwanted. “I want to […]

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Childhood trauma, common and devastating, can be overcome

Researchers report that one in four California children experience three or more repeated traumas. The cumulative impact of multiple adverse events like this —  family mental illness, incarceration, violence, and substance abuse — have devastating impacts on childhood development and well-being.  The problem warrants more attention from parents, community leaders, and policymakers, who can promote the kind of supports and services to help […]

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