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Trinity Youth Services
19th of April 2017
new books
New Books for Trinity Residential Treatment Centers

Thanks to the team at Children’s Foundation of America, Trinity Youth Services’ residential treatment centers now have an updated stock of brand new books! From The Grapes of Wrath to Harry Potter, the new library collections offer a variety of titles for all sorts of individually unique personalities and interests. A significant portion of the books are literary masterpieces every young person should have access to, like The Odyssey, Frankenstein, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, 1984, and The Chronicles of…

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16th of March 2017
milk
What’s the Deal with Milk?

The most common argument I hear against consuming milk is, “Humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another mammal.” This is supposed to mean that it is somehow unnatural to drink milk at all. The logic from that sentence could reduce all of our meals to raw food though since I don’t see a lot of other species cooking their food… or shopping for food for that matter. So what’s the deal with milk? Why do we…

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7th of March 2017
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CCR and Where We Are Now

Continuum of Care Reform California implemented the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) on January 1, 2017. CCR’s intent is to reduce the use of residential/group home placement settings and to increase the use of family care. The law also intends to decrease the length of time it takes for a child to achieve a permanent home. Part of CCR includes the new Resource Family Approval process. This changes the way families become resource parents. It requires that “county homes,” relatives…

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4th of March 2017
UCLA The Den
HUB International Supports Trinity Youth Services at UCLA Basketball Game

On Wednesday, March 1, HUB International partnered with the Children’s Foundation of America at a UCLA Basketball game to support Trinity Youth Services’ programs. At a time-out during the first half of the sold-out game, HUB took center court at Pauley Pavilion to donate $80,000 aiding important services and experiences for Trinity’s foster youth. Bob DeValle, of HUB International, presented an oversized check to Trinity Youth Services CEO, John Neiuber. Bruin’s cheerleaders rooted on as the game announcer spoke of…

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14th of February 2017
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London in London: Former Foster Youth’s Global Perspective

Former foster youth, London Taylor, is setting out to make a difference in the world. At 19 years of age, London has been accepted into Richmond, The American International University in London where he is studying International Relations. Changing Perceptions It was his time in Trinity Youth Services’ residential program that inspired him to pursue a career in social issues. “My perceptions were changed in Trinity’s environment when I started to discern the unique circumstances of each individual peer that…

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9th of February 2017
Thyme to Turnip
Modern Life vs. Traditional Cooking

Bioindividuality I was asked to speak at a local Women With Autism Meet-Up Group this week. I had a few topics to cover, but I love to lead discussions more than I like to talk at people. The foundation of my nutritional philosophy is bioindividuality, meaning that each client has unique nutritional needs, and I work with them to uncover those needs and develop a plan to address them. Obviously, there are things we can all be doing to improve…

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8th of February 2017
Resource Parents
How Resource Parents Can Nurture Trauma-Affected Children

Children in foster care, who have suffered trauma, require safe, nurturing relationships with resource parents so they can begin to heal. A trauma is any experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. Traumatic events can take many forms, and the way children and youth experience it can vary as well. With the help of caring and patient resource parents, children who have been traumatized can begin to cope, heal and thrive. Children in foster care have suffered some form of…

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31st of January 2017
Meal Planning
Meal Planning: Method or Madness?

As a busy mom, meal planning is a task that is never complete. Some days it doesn’t feel like I can even get the kitchen cleaned before a tiny human is telling me they are STARVING (picture them laying on the floor clutching my ankle). We also have a running joke in the house that there’s no dinner on Sundays. During the week we usually stick to quick prep breakfasts; oatmeal, fried eggs, or make-ahead-breakfast-muffins warmed up. Sundays are lazy…

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Continuum of Care Reform
Continuum of Care Reform Takes Effect

On January 1, the long-awaited Continuum of Care Reform began throughout California. The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) effort, which is implemented by Assembly Bill 403, is designed to make sure that youth in foster care have their day-to-day physical, mental and emotional needs met; that they have the greatest chance to grow up in permanent homes; and that they have the opportunity to grow into self-sufficient, successful adults. In other words, the reform effort is attempting to provide for…

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25th of January 2017
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New Adoptive Mom is “Doing Something Right”

  A Joyous Occasion “This is a joyous occasion,” a Trinity Youth Services adoption social worker said. After being in foster care for almost all of his young life, a 22-month-old baby boy was adopted by the Spivey family with the aid of Trinity Youth Services. The boy was placed into foster care just days after birth. Ms. Spivey took him into her home as soon as the hospital discharged him. He was only 3 days old and Ms. Spivey…

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