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It’s Official: The Gutierrezes Are a Forever Family of Five!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in News, Stories | 0 comments

It’s Official: The Gutierrezes Are a Forever Family of Five!

Miguel and Macrina Gutierrez – whose Whittier home was only occupied by themselves and two cats for 17 years – officially became a forever family of five on June 24, 2014, at Monterey Park’s Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court. Or – as the Gutierrezes have dubbed their new family unit – the Fabulous Five. The Fabulous Five came to be when the Gutierrezes’ life path crossed with the path a trio of siblings. For Miguel and Macrina, who wed in 1995, it was assumed that their life path would...

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Former Foster Youth Running to Make a Difference

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Events, News, Stories | 0 comments

Former Foster Youth Running to Make a Difference

Everyone at Hathaway-Sycamores is looking forward to the LA Marathon, this year in particular. We will all be cheering on former foster youth Michael Taylor as he races to the finish line. Running a marathon is impressive enough, but Michael is doing it to raise awareness and funds for Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Living Program to help former foster youth like himself. Michael’s goal is to raise $1,000.00 for the program. Click on the link below to see how much Michael has raised so far...

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Wayne Jackson: Former Foster Youth Paying it Forward

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Stories | 0 comments

Wayne Jackson: Former Foster Youth Paying it Forward

“Seeing the kids grow is one of the best rewards I get from my job,” says Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Advocate, Wayne Jackson. In and out of foster care since he was 7 or 8 years old, Jackson credits his background in the foster care system and his experiences in Hathaway-Sycamores Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP) with giving him the skills to help the young adults in the program today. After being emancipated from foster care shortly before he turned 18, Jackson was in...

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Ethan’s Story

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Stories | 0 comments

Ethan’s Story

Life was spiraling out of control for Ethan. At the young age of 17, Ethan was a meth addict, on probation for drug possession. With both of his parents physically abusing him, family life was unbearable. Children’s Services stepped in and removed Ethan from his home. Depressed, hopeless and feeling alone in the world, drugs were his only escape from pain …… then Ethan arrived at Hathaway-Sycamores. A sullen loner, Ethan had no interest in interacting with the other boys and looked for...

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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 13-14Click 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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