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FamiliesFirst: All About Kids and Families in Northern and Central California

In an effort to provide broader geographic reach with complementary strengths and services, EMQ Children & Family Services merged with FamiliesFirst in 2009 to become EMQ FamiliesFirst. Founded in Davis in 1974, FamiliesFirst began as The Praul Center Residential Treatment Program
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What’s a Grandma to Do? Grandparenting Alone…Full-Time

Tommy was an angry little boy. He was already unhappy at how often his mommy was gone or didn’t pay attention to him. Now he and his sister Amy had been taken to live with his grandmother. A three-year-old knows how to have a tantrum, and Tommy was very practiced at outbursts of anger
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Hollygrove: Once Home to Marilyn Monroe, Helping Abused, At-Risk Kids Today

Hollygrove – the Los Angeles division of EMQ FamiliesFirst – was founded in 1880 as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society. Since its inception, Hollygrove has cared for more than 20,000 orphaned and emotionally wounded children who were in crisis and had nowhere else to turn. In 1912,
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Abandoned Teen Finds His Family

For 10 years, Tony and his two half-siblings were moved from foster home to foster home. Efforts to reconnect with his parents failed. Eventually, a biological father took one sibling back, and the other ran away to family out-of-state. Tony felt truly abandoned. Tony was in danger of
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Looking for Strengths

Most of the children who come to us have experienced abuse, severe neglect, trauma, and often, a home life that includes drug addiction or domestic violence. Always there is poverty. Reaching these children is extraordinarily difficult. How do they develop normal relationships and liv
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