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Adoption Story: Shoshana & Violette

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in News, Stories | 0 comments

Adoption Story: Shoshana & Violette

On Oct. 17, 2013, Two Pasadena Residents’ Lives were Changed Forever  November is National Adoption Month, and Shoshana Puccia’s adoption of a foster child serves as a shining example of the life-changing difference that one compassionate person can make. “The minute she walked in the door, I knew that I was going to be her mom,” recalls Shoshana Puccia. Shoshana is referring to a fateful day two years ago when a beautiful, brown-eyed, 6-year-old girl named Violette was brought to her Pasadena...

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Elvira’s Story in DMH Report

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in News, Press, Stories | 0 comments

Elvira’s Story in DMH Report

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health MHSA annual update for FY 2013 – 2014 includes Elvira’s story. Elvira was enrolled in Hathaway-Sycamores’ Children’s Full Service Partnership program. The reports highlights the importance of  Parent Partners in the program. LA County DMH MHSA Annual Update FY 13-14 Click here to read about Children’s Full Service Partnership in the LA County DMH MHSA Annual Update. (Will open as a pdf.) Visit the Department of...

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Hathaway-Sycamores’ Abraham Nuñez is Headed to UCLA

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Stories | 0 comments

Hathaway-Sycamores’ Abraham Nuñez is Headed to UCLA

Like many young adults Abraham Nuñez lacked direction after graduating from high school. As Abraham puts it, “I struggled transitioning into adulthood. I was confused as to what route I would take in life. Most signs pointed towards going to college and getting my Bachelors in Education, but the pressure of living in a low income community forced me to find a job.” Abraham acknowledges that he didn’t have a clue how to find a job. Fortunately he was introduced to Hathaway-Sycamores. Abraham’s...

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Tiny Class – Tremendous Triumph

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in News, Stories | 0 comments

Tiny Class – Tremendous Triumph

It’s high-school graduation season across the Southland, with seniors – often numbering in the hundreds at a single ceremony – happily sending their mortarboards skyward, as throngs of proud family members and friends cheer them on. Last month, a distinctly different graduation scene unfolded. Specifically, the 2013 graduating class of Hathaway-Sycamores School. The four graduates participated in a highly personalized ceremony. Each student was decked out in a traditional cap and gown, while...

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Octogenarian has No Plans to Stop being a Foster Parent

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in News, Stories | 0 comments

Octogenarian  has  No Plans to Stop being a Foster Parent

This Father’s Day, 80-year-old Harrison Nero’s home will be overflowing with sons and daughters – both biological and those who’ve become part of the family through foster care. At an age when most men have long ago waved good-bye to raising children, 80-year-old Harrison Nero is currently sharing his heart, home, and eight decades of wisdom with his three teenage daughters. While other octogenarians probably couldn’t even fathom such a situation, this Long Beach resident wouldn’t have it any...

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May is National Foster Care Month

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in News, Stories | 0 comments

May is National Foster Care Month

In honor of National Foster Care Month, meet Miguel and Macrina Gutierrez, a couple committed to giving three foster siblings a forever home.  For 17 years, Miguel and Macrina Gutierrez’s Whittier, Calif., home was occupied by only themselves and two cats. On July 30 of last year, that occupancy status increased. Dramatically. As Miguel recalls, on that fateful Monday, “We became a family.” Now is the Time While the Gutierrez’s became a foster/adoptive family of five – literally, overnight –...

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