Helping children and families create a better future.

Trinity Youth Services
10th of May 2017
Brenes
Brenes Children Get Their Wish

Brother and sister, Cesar (13) and Betzaida (12), were placed into foster care eight years ago. They were detained from their birth mother, placed into the care of their older sister, then were also removed from her care. With their father deceased and no other family to provide them the care they needed, Trinity Youth Services began a search for a loving forever family. Three years ago, they were placed with resource parents, Maria De La Torre and Francisco Brenes.…

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21st of April 2017
Mexican Immigrant
Immigrant’s Search for a Better Future

At Trinity Youth Services, our mission is to “help children and families create a better future.” This is the story of Albert,* a foster youth who found his “better future” by becoming an American citizen. After years of being separated from her son, Albert’s mother paid smugglers, known as “coyotes,” to bring him to the United States from El Salvador, where he had been living with his grandmother. Albert was arrested by immigration officers as he crossed the border and…

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20th of April 2017
Happiness
Core Services: Access to Mental Health

The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was designed so that children living out of their home would be provided the most appropriate placement in committed nurturing foster homes. Services and supports will be tailored based on each child’s needs. All of these services and supports fall into 6 Core Services: mental health, transition support upon entry, educational/physical/behavioral/extracurricular support, transition to adulthood support, permanency support, and Native American child services. The Trinity Youth Services (TYS) team, along with our foster/resource families,…

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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
workspace
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
London in London
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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