This cut is the deepest: Funding to foster care and treatment programs slashed

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Cuts in state funding are forcing local foster-care and residential programs to reduce services — and beds — for children in need, reports Alfred Lee in today’s Star-News.

“The reduction took effect Oct. 1 and was approved by the state Legislature in an effort to fix the state’s budget gap.

In
Pasadena, Rosemary’s Children’s Services will lose out on $660,000 in
funding and is looking at cutting services, Executive Director Greg
Wessels said.”

Other local agencies are also reeling from the cuts:

  • Five Acres in Altadena: Will lose about $800,000 in funding
    per year, and has shuttered a six-bed
    group home and reduced staff. There could be further cuts in the number of children served.
  • Hathaway-Sycamores in Pasadena: Has closed six beds and made cuts at its residential center and to foster care. The agency will lose about $275,000.
  • Hillsides in Pasadena: Will lose about $450,000 and has made administrative cuts.

Rosemary Children’s Services held an open house on Wednesday at its Rosemary Cottage. The agency is seeking to close the gap with additional support from the community. Here’s a look inside the cottage, which is home to 19 adolescent girls in Pasadena.

On duty supervisor Rosemarie Chavez, right, and Jodi Kurata, a child welfare policy director
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Tahra Goraya, district director for state Sen. Carol Liu
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A shared bedroom at Rosemary Cottage
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A Cottage resident’s bulletin board
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff)