Spring 2011 issue P.2 Chairman’s Message Filling the Gap Who’s On Board - Joan St. Louis P.3 GAP News Save the Date and GAP Wish List AB 12 Aids Foster Youth in Transition P.4 by Angie Schwartz, The Alliance for Children’s Rights Sharing Family Strengths C alifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the landmark bill AB12 (Beall & Bass) California Fostering Connections to after the youth’s 16th birthday and you are continuing to support the youth and the youth meets certain requirements - Roger and Beverly Elder P.5 Success Act during the final hours of the legis- related to schooling/work lative session on September 30, 2010. From the Editor - Aging Out Begins at Birth The biparti- In addition to the changes to Kin-GAP, Thanks Donors and Sponsors AB 12 also extends san bill eases the Youth who receive support after age 18 are 200 percent P.6 support to foster often turbulent transition of youth more likely to stay in school, 300 percent more likely to go youth until 21. The How States Can Help Older Youth to college, and 65 percent less likely to be arrested than extension of fos- aging out of foster those who do not. ter care benefits Break the Cycle care by extending foster care ben- beyond age 18 will Staff Directory be phased-in over efits for eligible youth up to age 21. In addition, three years beginning in 2012. P.7 AB 12 makes changes to the state’s Kin-GAP program, creating new opportunity for relative Brad Shechtman-Man of the Year Once fully implemented, AB 12 will make a Temple Beth Hillel caregivers and the youth in their care. tremendous difference in the lives of foster chil- Most of the attention paid to AB 12 has dren. Youth who receive support after age 18 Thanks Partners and Volunteers been focused on the extension of foster care are 200 percent more likely to stay in school, P.8 until the age of 21. However, AB 12 also 300 percent more likely to go to college, and makes important changes to the state’s Kinship 65 percent less likely to be arrested than those Group Meeting Info Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) who do not. This additional assistance—still program. Beginning January 1, 2011, relative far less than most of us had—can be the dif- caregivers participating in Kin-GAP can now: ference between self-sufficiency and a life sen- tence of crime, homelessness, or worse. Contact GAP • ask for a change in the current payment amount to cover the costs of taking care The GAP office is located at of the child up to the amount the child AB 12 being signed into law was a major 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 217 would have received in foster care victory for foster youth, children’s advocates, Canoga Park, CA 91303 and caregivers. Over the coming year, The Madelyn Gordon, Executive Director • ask to have the payment amount Alliance for Children’s Rights, in collaboration (818) 264-0880 changed at any point during the 2-year with critical stakeholders, will be working tire- contract period if there is a valid reason (310) 839-2548 lessly to implement the numerous provisions (child’s needs or your situation changes) (562) 421-7991 of AB 12 in order to ensure the best outcomes for these youth. If you would like more infor- FAX - (818) 264-0882 • move to another state and continue to mation about implementation or would like email@example.com receive Kin-GAP to be involved in these efforts, contact Angie • continue receiving Kin-GAP for the child Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editorial department until he or she turns 21 if he or she has a We welcome your feedback. If you mental or physical disability. would like to submit a story or • beginning January 2012, continue to If you have questions about the new Kin-GAP letter to the editor, please receive Kin-GAP for a youth after the age program or need access assistance, contact use one of the following methods: of 18 provided that the payments started Angie Schwartz at The Alliance for Children’s email@example.com Rights at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit hard-copy to: MARK YOUR CALENDARS GAP - Attn: Newsletter Editor Empowering Caregivers Conference 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 217 Saturday, May 7, 2011, Cal State Northridge Canoga Park, CA 91303 Grandparents As Parents provides programs and services to meet the urgent and Designer – Deirdre R. Pease ongoing needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising at-risk children. DeeZine Studios, deezine-studio.com Message from Chairman Bill Fox - It Takes Time T here you are, a winemaker, picking the grapes, watching them being crushed, monitoring the then can we can see the results of our labor. Twenty-eight years ago, fermentation process, putting the Sylvie de Toledo helped her parents liquid in proper oak casks, waiting take on the responsibility of raising years to see how your wine turns her nephew, due to her sister’s out. Is it as you hoped? death. In her outpatient practice, Some wines age for years she began to recognize a pattern and, at times, the result is not up to of young children being raised by our expectations. More often than grandparents. not, though, the wine is delicious The seed of GAP was and the wait was worth it. sown then and has grown to be the Many things take time to organization we have today. mature, to bring to full growth. Only Who’s On Board? Joan St. Louis I found out about GAP from one of the social workers at Kaiser Permanente who heard we had taken over raising my 15 month old granddaughter. I didn’t call at first, even though I should have. But after my work and family life became overwhelming, I did. I talked to [founder and facilitator] Sylvie de Toledo and she invited me to my first support group meet- ing. I was hooked. My husband and I could finally talk to people who were going through what we were. I have been involved in GAP’s governance for more than 10 years. Several of us– Madelyn and Larry Gordon, Sylvie, Andrea Freidenthal, Barbara Wasson and I–realized that if we didn’t organize and develop a board, GAP wouldn’t grow. There were no regular fund- ing sources, grants or officers of the board. I recently retired from a 21-year career as an administrator for Kaiser Permanente. I Joan & Craig St. Louis would hope my financial management experience, interpersonal skills and public relations efforts have been an asset to the board. I’m one board member that is raising a grandchild and can reflect my personal feelings and experiences. Ilove traveling and exploring new places, going to the theater and to concerts. My passions are family, friends, pets, nursing/healthcare issues, GAP and OneGeneration. I am overwhelmed when I realize how much the organization has grown. We used to dream about having the number of facilitators and support group meetings across Los Angeles County we now have. We have a Caregiver Center at the Edelman Children’s Court, staffed by two experienced GAP employees to help families and have been able to partner with Dept. of Children and Family Services, the Court and other county agencies on some difficult issues. I hope that GAP will continue to receive grants and be recognized by the community so the organization can con- tinue to reach areas that are underserved. I hope we can expand our staff and keep them fully informed. I hope that we can find influential board members/celebrity sponsors for our fundraising activities and organizational recognition. I hope that schools, churches, synagogues and doctors’ offices know about GAP so they can spread the word about the organization. caring organization. It’s been a privilege to be on the board. I work with caring people who have great passion for the organization GAP Board Members and Advisory Board William Fox, Chairperson Jennifer Ortado Leroy D. Baca, L.A. County Sheriff Joan St. Louis, Secretary Ray Cruz Councilman Mitchell Englander Willa Meller, Treasurer Stuart Waldman Catherine Goodman, DSW Andrea Freidenthal Suzanne Tracy Dr. Jeff Hananel Barbara Wasson Sylvie de Toledo, Founder Councilman Paul Krekorian Gina Taylor-Pickens Victor Sampson Joseph MacKenzie, Esq Assemblymember Cameron Smyth Page 2 GAP News GRANT UPDATE GAP is the grateful recipient of funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities of more than NOTE: Call the GAP office at (818) 264-0880 for $12,000 and Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs information about calendar events, fundraisers, i Foundation for $1,000. donations, scheduling and group activities. You can also visit www.grandparentsasparents.org for a The Ronald McDonald House grant will be used complete list of support groups , support information to create the Children’s Recovery Library, whose and volunteer opportunities. books will be housed at the Edelman Court Caregiver Center and another site. The library will gift books to HOLIDAY PARTY THANKS those children who want to keep them, but the return It takes a village of people, generous with their of books will be encouraged so everyone can enjoy time and resources, to put on a gala event like the the selection. 2010 GAP Holiday party. We’d like to thank all the volunteers for their tireless efforts. OFFICE GETS A TECH-LIFT We appreciate the help with gifts, snacks, and GAP is beginning an upgrade of its office financial support that Hornburg/Pendragon, Steve computers, phone system and database thanks to Zipp and Gene Palento of Hi-Tech Component the generous grant from The Ahmanson Foundation Distributors, Vic Sampson of Coldwell Banker, The and the John Gogian Foundation. The modernization California Wellness Foundation, Carol Bohn and will enable GAP to serve more people and to collect Suzanne Tracy contributed. and share information with facilitators more efficiently. Executive Director Madelyn Gordon says, “It will be a Official GAP photo guy Joe Hanrahan was on huge learning curve to make all the changes!” hand to capture many wonderful family images and Santa shots. CAREGIVER TRAINING In preparation for the festivities, the Junior CAREGIVERS – GAP has begun a series of League (in collaboration with GAP) sponsored gift- training sessions that will be given throughout Los making activities for our children, so they’d have Angeles County on issues relating to your needs as presents to give to their relatives. you navigate the waters of parenting again. While It’s nice to see that kids still love to read. The many of the issues may be unique to ‘relative’ 869 books that Debbie and Norm Greenfield and caregivers – most are issues facing any caregiver. Anthony Jefferson of ABC Learn provided were taken The Children’s Law Center, Alliance for in a flash. Children’s Rights, Child Welfare Initiative, and GAP collaborated in creating a curriculum that will answer SPECIAL TRIPS most if not all of your questions in terms of what you Families recently attended the Clippers vs. Utah need to know as a caregiver. Jazz basketball game at the Staples Center. Thank You’ll learn how to find information, courtroom you to donors, Mr. and Mrs. Donald T. Sterling and procedures, educational rights and finding health Diana Miller, our contact. resources. You’ll discuss probate guardianship, Thanks to NoHo’s ZJU Theater on Lankershim locating financial resources and much more. Blvd. for providing our families the opportunity to Classes will be held at each of our sixteen see The Beautiful World at ZJU’s Limecat Family locations. Call the office to receive a schedule. Theatre. Through dancing, singing and imaginative These classes are open to any caregiver and there is staging, the production’s goal was to help children no charge for attending. build positive self-esteem and develop environmental awareness. Families enjoyed a production of The Ugly Duckling at the Storybook Theater and were excited to attend the 2011 Al Malaikah Shrine Circus. GAP Wish List Office supplies and equipment Save the Date... Label maker Document organization file boxes for families Saturday, May 7 - Caregiver Conference Infant/children’s furniture California State University, Northridge Volunteers: Events Sunday, Sept. 11 - Annual Brunch Fundraiser Conference Website Sunday, Dec. 11 - GAP Holiday Party Social Networking Weekly - Chapter classes and training If you have something in good condition that may be useful to one of the GAP families, please call the office to arrange for pick-up and drop-off. Page 3 Sharing Family Strengths Meet Roger and Beverly Elder In July, 2001, the Elders were BEVERLY Roger and I were still the time he came to us. He’s quiet assigned temporary guardianship acting as his safety net. It was and angry. We all know that we no of their then 8-year-old grandson, more difficult because he lived an longer have the authority to compel Scott, by L. A. County Department hour away from us. We felt our only him to ‘behave’ like we did when he of Children’s Services. He was choice was to do what we could was little. removed from a drug-influenced for him, even if it meant enabling neglectful, poverty-stricken home our daughter’s counterproductive GAP What are your fears about this life. He stayed with them for two behavior. We’d invite him down new situation? years, after which he was returned for the weekend often. We’d make to his newly sober mother. sure he had underwear and socks, BEVERLY I dread another shoes and a winter jacket. I’d drive harrowing trip down the substance- The grandparents continued to there with bags of groceries if he abuse highway with a loved one. run interference for their grandson mentioned that there was no food in But I believe that what we’ve as his mother’s life returned to what the house. taught him through the years will it had been in the past, peopled have a positive effect on his future, with substance abusers and petty ROGER I took him to get haircuts, although we’ll need to help him criminals. When she left for Ohio six and to see movies with me. He rediscover the critical key–hope. months ago, Scott’s mother hoped wasn’t getting any of that at home. to leave all the chaos behind. Scott ROGER I’m afraid he won’t want was 18 and chose not to accompany GAP How did Scott come to be with to follow our lead. Because he’s a her. He moved in with an aunt and you again? man, all we can do is support him things seemed to be going well. in finding the right direction. He still BEVERLY The reason he’s has to follow the rules of the house. with us now is that he recently I just hope we don’t have to ask him overdosed and ended up in the to leave because of bad behavior. hospital. His aunt could no longer take responsibility for him. We felt GAP What are your hopes for him compelled to open our home to him. this time around? ROGER I don’t understand why he BEVERLY I want him to be able did it. The frustrating part is that to break the drug abuse cycle that he’s not telling us why. began with his mother. I hope we can help him make better choices. GAP Did you know he was abusing Troubled teens often turn to alcohol and drugs to substances? ROGER I hope he’s able to move mask the pain of emotional problems. on with his life in a positive way BEVERLY No. He admitted he had and that we’re able to give him the GAP How did reunification work out been binge-drinking and smoking support to do so. I hope he can for your grandson? marijuana with his buddies for accept it and run with it. It’s too the past couple years. When I early to tell if this arrangement is BEVERLY The County put our confronted his mother, she said she good, but it’s good knowing he’s daughter on the Section 8 housing warned him about it, but he didn’t safe. fast-track; it took a year for her to stop. I’m angry that we, once again, get out of the bad living situation GAP What advice do you have for must hide our few bottles of wine she was in with Scott. She agreed others? and lock up our piggy bank. to attend 12-step meetings, parenting classes and the like. I ROGER I didn’t know anything BEVERLY This time around, we think she knew it’s what the case about it until this happened. On know how to ask for help, thanks worker wanted to hear. She stayed some level, I was surprised and to our involvement with GAP. Our clean just long enough to get the also wasn’t. I know that, because job, as I see it, is to help HIM learn benefits. Their life was a little better of both his parents’ addictions, the how to do the same. I believe in simply because they were receiving possibility was always there. him and I believe in Roger’s and my assistance. But soon, our daughter combined strength and knowledge was using again and ‘helping’ her GAP How is living with him this time to provide him with the love and friends. She’d give the world to her different? guidance he needs right now. friends while depriving her son of the basics. BEVERLY I still want him to have ROGER Be flexible. Remember the little-boy innocence he had to take care of yourself, too. If the GAP Were you able to be involved when he was here before, even young man or woman is willing to in his life? though he had seen too much by work with you, there’s always hope. Page 4 Aging Out Begins at Birth by Kathy Arellano D id you ever think about all it took for you to make it to adulthood? You learned to think and reason; you created for yourself a moral compass. You learned how to dress and feed yourself appropriately and how to be responsible with money. You learned how to stand up for yourself and share with others. No doubt, you came into your maturity after receiving many years’ worth of input, training, encouragement and observation from the people around you–adults who had already earned the title and cared enough about you to help you earn yours. provided to children from intact families,” according It’s a long journey but most of us were able to leave to an online press statement from the John Burton our youthful mistakes behind us and lead productive, Foundation for Children Without Homes, a non-profit satisfying lives. organization based in San Francisco. N ormally, parents are a safety net for their children, guiding and supporting them on their journey toward maturity from the day they’re born. Sadly, kids S imply put, the bill will convert California’s kinship guardian assistance program (Kin-GAP) into a federally subsidized program; it will extend foster care that are in alternative living arrangements, such as for eligible youth to age 21;it will provide extended group- or foster homes find themselves ‘aged out’ of benefits until age 21 for youth with mental or physical the system and its financial support when they turn handicaps AND for youth placed by the juvenile court 18. They become emancipated, but without the usual with an approved guardian. assurances that family provides. It’s a struggle for these young folks to graduate from high school. Fewer This fixes part of the problem, but the concern is attend college. Many end up homeless and penniless how to ensure that the necessary lessons are being within months of leaving their foster residences. given from Day One. The preparation for adulthood Those important lessons leading to adulthood haven’t does not begin at any one age. It is part of an ongoing been taught. process beginning at the moment of birth. With the recent passage of Assembly Bill 12– California Fostering Connections to Success Act– For more information about AB 12 visit: those young adults will get some extra help beginning, www.cafosteringconnections.org hopefully in January 2012. “One in five youth who age out nationally will receive the support of the foster care system to age Kathy Arellano, editor of “Filling the Gap” since 2002, is a freelance writer who reports on local news, creates copy for Internet sites 21, ending an era of neglect and providing youth in and has several books in the works. She welcomes comments and foster care with the same common-sense assistance suggestions and can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks to our donors and our sponsors Ahmanson Foundation Kaiser Permanente Albertson’s In-N-Out Burgers Annenberg Foundation Kenneth & Eileen Norris Foundation All Valley Service Center Jakkspacific Toy Co. Audrey and Sidney Irmas Charitable Public Relations Society of America Brent’s Deli Kendig Family Trust Foundation Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Burke Williams Spa Law Offices of Berlin & California Philharmonic Henderson Brookdale Foundation The Rite Aid Foundation California Pizza Kitchen Leno and Associates Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Ronald McDonald House Charities The Carey Group LLC Lippe, Hellie, Hoffer & Allison California Wellness Foundation Rose Hills Foundation Center for Car Donations Margo Avery Trust Carol and James Collins Foundation Sidney Stern Memorial Trust D & B Party Rentals Namaste, Inc. Casey Family Services S. Mark Taper Foundation Doubletree Hotels National Alliance of Mental Illness Charis Fund May and Stanley Smith Foundation EZ Properties Councilman Richard Alarcon Crail-Johnson Foundation Steve Leuthold Family Foundation The Enchanted Manor Rodeo Realty Eisner Foundation Stuart Foundation Farmers & Merchants Bank Shoham Medical Group Grand Relief Foundation TJX Foundation First Commerce Bank Sidney Bail & Associates Galpin Motors Sisters in Retirement James Pickens, Jr. Foundation United Latino Fund Gelb Enterprises Theater West Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation Valley Community Legal Foundation Councilman Grieg Smith Thomas Costello Insurance John Gogian Foundation Vons Foundation Hamer Toyota Top Dog Hot Dog Joseph Stanley Leeds Foundation Weingart Foundation Health Dimensions Trader Joes Hornburg Jaguar WaMu Bank City Controller Wendy Greuel Page 5 How States Can Help Older Youth Staff Directory Executive Director This article, reproduced in its entirety, appeared in cial if States provide youth with lessons the March 2011 Children’s Bureau Express Online in money management. Madelyn Gordon Digest – Vol. 12, No. 2 •Housing: Partnerships between Clinical Director State and local housing authorities and Sylvie de Toledo Program Director The National report,Best Practices has Governors Association (NGA) Center for released a new The Transition community organizations can create affordable housing programs for youth in addition to providing support they need Sarah Doakes to Adulthood: How States Can Support to live independently. Older Youth in Foster Care, which pro- Navigators vides effective strategies States can use •Health Care: To help improve the Angelica Leyva to support older foster youth as they health outcomes of transitioning youth, Wanda Cooper transition to adulthood. States can extend the eligibility of Medicaid beyond age 18 and develop a Highlighted in the report are Caregiver Center Staff system to help youth track their medical approaches that have shown success in histories. Tyrone Cain five areas: Dee Meichelbock •Relationships: Helping youth create •Education: States can minimize stable relationships with caring adults, Facilitators a youth’s school changes, work with establishing legal guardianships, and Mirza Arroyo administrators to track academic connecting youth to family members J. Thomas Bellows records, and connect students with men- when possible are ways States can help Joyce Fox tors and other on-campus support for youth explore permanency options. Cheral Hyman postsecondary education. Ewanda Jackson •Employment: Youth can be con- Marisela Magana nected with career training by States To access the full report, visit: Pam Meeker-Stolz forming partnerships with employers that www.nga.org/Files/pdf/ Giselle Raines-Brown may offer opportunities. It is also benefi- 1012FOSTERCARE.PDF (2.47 MB) Ellen Smith Barbara Wasson Janet White Break the Cycle by Kathy Arellano, a GAP grandparent Newsletter Editor or could it have been a combination of Kathy Arellano A generation of U.S. teens became substances and practices that were part junkies in the 1980s. Our children were of the mother’s lifestyle that, together, Office Staff among those users. harmed the baby? Teresa Arreola Added to the standard list of illegal We may never know. substances, crack (a potent cocaine What the authors don’t mention in derivative) became THE high of choice their book is the devastating legacy left Staff members can be reached by call- in the 1980s, causing drug abuse to to an aging population of (mostly) grand- ing one of the following numbers: become the ‘social problem of the parents. Millions have stepped up to decade’, according to *The American raise those drug babies, providing them (310) 839-2548 Drug Panic of the 1980s, written by with a new toolbox of skills. (562) 421-7991 respected sociologists Erich Goode & Standing strong, between child and (818) 264-0880 Nachman Ben-Yehuda. grandchild, these elders can see into the The authors provide detailed sta- past and glimpse the future. They know, tistics drawn from recognized sources firsthand, about the far-reaching conse- about high school students’ knowledge quences of substance abuse. and use of various illegal substances; They want none of it. Important Phone Numbers about the political and media feeding It is not the grandchild’s destiny to frenzy that was created; about the stat- abuse substances. With a lot of hard 24-hour Crisis Center/InfoLine - Dial 211 ed impact on communities and celebri- work and dedication, these 60- and 70- AARP Grandparent Info Center (888) 687-2277 ties. something people can break the cycle of Goode and Ben-Yehuda provide drug abuse for their grandchildren and Alliance for Children’s Rights (213)368-6010 commentary and statistics from both their great-grandchildren. Bet Tzedek (213) 384-3243 sides of the “crack baby syndrome” dis- *To read the complete excerpt, visit cussions. Was it the crack cocaine that http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/panic. California Dept. on Aging (800) 510-2020 caused that infant to suffer damage, htm Legal Aid Foundation (213) 640-3883 Public Council (800) 870-8090 Got Questions? Los Angeles Caregivers (800) 540-4442 (310) 839-2548 (562) 421-7991 or (818) 264-0880 L..A. Dept. of Rec. and Parks (888) 527-2757 G A P ’s p h o n e n u m b e r s w i l l g e t y o u a n s w e r s ! Page 6 Brad Shechtman – Man of the Year Thank You Partner Agencies... By Kathy Arellano, editor on the Spring Kick-off picnics–providing hot dogs, hamburgers, games and equip- ment. He also furnishes food for GAP’s Alliance for Children’s Rights Brad and Deborah Shechtman have Aspiranet been an active part of the Grandparents annual holiday party. As Parents family for more than five “For many years he did it gratis” said California State University, Long Beach years. In addition to owning and operat- Gordon. “Now that we can afford to pay California State University, Northridge ing D&B Party Rentals, the 30-some- him, we do.” Casey Family Programs things adopted and are raising their Congratulations, Brad! It’s an award Cerritos College niece, shouldering the responsibility and well-deserved. giving his father a break. Child Welfare Initiative Earlier this month, Brad received the Child Welfare League of America Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood Man of Children’s Law Center the Year Award. Citrus College Brad oversees GAP’s storage unit, College of the Canyons provides pick-up and delivery service Dept.of Children and Family Services on the stored items, he’s active on the Events committee and provides child- Edmund C. Edelman Children’s Court care for support-group meeting on Family Care Partnership Monday evenings. Family Services “Brad’s an over-all volunteer,” Friends of the Family said GAP Executive Director Madelyn Grace Baptist Church Gordon. “He’ll do whatever is asked of him, especially things that require physi- Photo courtesy of Ariella Hananel Grace Resource Center cal labor.” Rabbi Sarah Hronsky (left) and Rabbi Joshua Jewish Family Services He has been instrumental in putting Samuels (right) present Brad Schechtman with Kenyon JJC ThinkTank awar Man of the Year award. Legal Aid Foundation Long Beach Non Profit Partnership Los Angeles City Dept. of Aging Temple Beth Hillel Los Angeles County Dept. of Aging GAP would like to express our heart- Provide ready-to-eat Thanksgiving dinners Los Angeles Mission College felt gratitude to the wonderful people at annually Los Angeles Pierce College Temple Beth Hillel. Here are some of the Provide rabbinical counseling and guid- New Directions things they’ve helped us with: ance for our Jewish families Pacoima Community Center Adopted the Jewish GAP families interest- Provide tutoring for our children participat- Pasadena City College ed in giving their children a Jewish educa- ing in the Jewish education process tion; created a sliding scale to accommo- Public Council date the families’ financial needs To say they have been wonderful to Salvation Army of Long Beach our families is an understatement. Words San Fernando Valley Mental Health Ctr. Donated food for needy GAP families of thanks seem to fall short. Temple Beth Provided funerals for two of our Jewish Hillel’s continued and varied support has Trinity Center grandparents at no cost to the families made a real difference to our families. YWCA Thank You Volunteers - With your help GAP is getting the job done! Thanks to Alan Popiel, Anat Louise, Andre de Thanks to Jennifer McKinney, Joan St. Louis, Thanks to Naomi Campos, Natalie Espiritu, Pam Toledo, Andrea Freidenthal, Andrew Arreola, Joe Hanrahan, Jose Rodriguez, Joseph Meeker, Pat Staley, Paul Blutter, Paul McKinney, Andrew Bridge, Angela Pennacchio, Angelica MacKenzie, Joyce Fox, Julia Bracamonte, Julie Peggy Small, Peter Getoff, Peter Morales, Ray Leyva, Anita Boschman, Anson Sims, Bill Fox, Gould, Karen Bagnard, Kathy Arellano, Katie Cruz, Rebecca Cohen, Reid Stolz, Rob Mansour, Brad Shechtman, Bria Verdugo-Uy, Carol Bohn, Mortimer, Katie Robinson, Kristina Repreza, Rosalie Hilger, Ruth Beaglehole, Sandy Bursch, Carol Surtees, Carolyn La Brunda, Catherine Lara Holtzman, Larry Merz, LaSanya Gibbs, Lea Sandy Cournoyer, Sarah Doakes, Sasha Stern, Goodman, Char Bland, Cherissa Boyd, Colleen Crosetti, Leo Clark, Liana Suwandi, Libby Wales, Sharon Balmer, Sharon Jarkoff, Sona Rosenberg, Friend, David Jarkoff, Deborah Shechtman, Lilian Payan, Linda Sims, Loreli Embry, Lori Stuart Waldman, Sue Stutz, Susan Love, Suzanne Dolores De Nardis, Ellen Smith , Etienne Thach, Switanoski, Lovette Panthier, Lourdes Aguilar, Tracy, Sylvie de Toledo, Tanya Bogdanovski, Genoveva Galvez, Gianna Provenzano, Gilbert Lupe Barrios, Lyn Laboriel, Marilyn Blutter, Teresa Arreola, Tom Bellows, Tom Pruitt, Tyrone Bautista, Gina Taylor-Pickens, Gloria Pollack, Marcie Magana, Marilyn Popiel, Marjorie Shelvy, Cain, Vanessa Henderson, Vic Sampson, Warren Georgia Durante, Gus Bracamonte, Harriet Mark Cournoyer, Mark Rosenberg, Martha Cohen, Warren Riley, Willa Meller and Zoe Pruitt. Minke, Heather Lang, Helen Cohen, James Alimino, Marissa Sanders, Michelle Bartlett, Mort Thanks for all you do. Sorry if we missed anyone! Pickens, Jan Lyons and Jeff Hananel. Schectman and Nadine Dotto. Page 7 Grandparents as Parents Spring 2011 Call (310) 839-2548 (562) 421-7991 or (818) 264-0880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tuesday Groups (cont’d) Wednesday Groups (cont’d) Inglewood Pasadena 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parent Center YWCA 401 So. Inglewood Ave. 851 N. Oakland Ave. Long Beach Santa Fe Springs Monday Groups 9:30-11:30 a.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Santa Clarita Salvation Army Building Kinship Resource Center 9:30-11:30 a.m. 455 East Spring St. 9834 Norwalk Blvd. Kaiser Permanente Hospital Pacoima (RAPP-in Spanish) Woodland Hills 27107 Tourney Rd. – Conf. Rm. 1 10-Noon 9:30-11:30 a.m. Maclay Middle School Kaiser Permanente Hospital South Los Angeles 12513 Gain St. 5601 De Soto Ave. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club Panorama City 1339 E. 120th St. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday Groups Van Nuys Kaiser Permanente Hospital Carson 13652 Cantara St. 10-Noon 6-8:30 p.m. The Help Group Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson 15339 Saticoy St. Wednesday Groups 21502 Main St. Culver City NEW Palmdale/Lancaster (ROCK) Tuesday Groups Relatives with Teens Group 9:30-11:30 a.m. Chatsworth NEW 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Palmdale Neighborhood House Relatives with Teens Group SHARE! GAP 503 East Avenue Q-3 7-9 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6666 Green Valley Circle 20121 Devonshire St. Pomona Long Beach (in Spanish) Morning and Evening 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hollywood (in Spanish) New Directions Community Church 6-8 p.m. Please call for times 1043 Pine St. 1100 E. Holt Ave. 4011 Clinton St.
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