Tag archives: child welfare

By Steven Libowitz   |   October 3, 2023

When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, they are faced with something no youngster should ever have to go through: navigating a confusing world of court proceedings amid competing interests with their future hanging in the balance.  The children are provided a lawyer, but their attorney likely has hundreds […]

Talk Examines Bolivian Child Workers
By Scott Craig   |   November 16, 2021

Elizabeth Gardner, Westmont assistant professor of communication studies, examines a protest by children and adolescents in South America on Thursday, November 11, at 7 pm in Westmont’s Global Leadership Center. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Child Workers Redefining a Bolivian Childhood in the Código Niña, Niño y Adolescente,” is free and open […]

‘A Caseload of One’: CASA Puts the Focus on Individualized Attention for Children
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 20, 2021

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, and nurturing home for all abused and/or neglected children by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system. When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, they […]

CALM is for Kids
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 11, 2021

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, so naturally our very own Child Abuse Listening Mediation has some special activities planned. CALM is half-a-century old and the only nonprofit in Santa Barbara County that specializes in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma. This organization, just like every other nonprofit, has had to forgo its […]

Calm at Heart
By Lynda Millner   |   December 6, 2018

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) is partnering to build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. For their 7th annual luncheon, the theme was “CALM at Heart: Building Community.” As CEO Alana Walczak said, “We begin […]

Storyteller’s Dirty 30
By Lynda Millner   |   November 15, 2018

Storyteller Children’s Center (SCC) held its 30-year black-tie gala in a new place in town – the Hotel Californian at 36 State Street. It was a movable feast with the evening beginning on the rooftop for a VIP reception for patrons. We moved on to the courtyard below for martinis, the silent auction, and a […]

Family Circle
By Richard Mineards   |   October 18, 2018

Major supporters of the 119-year-old Family Service Agency came together for a President’s Circle reception at the rustic Birnam Wood home of Carole Macelhenny. UCSB professor Mario Garfield spoke about the pressures facing young people in this age of new technology to the 30 guests, including Jim and Shirley Ann Hurley, Kevin and Marianne McCarthy, […]

Celebrity Authors Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2018

The CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Auxiliary invited everyone to celebrate the 32nd annual Authors Luncheon at the Double Tree Resort by Hilton, formerly The Fess Parker. I was at the first one and all the rest, but it has grown even stronger through the years with about 500 ladies and gents attending. Master of […]

Fostering Love
By Lynda Millner   |   November 16, 2017

“Love begins at home and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into that action.” – Mother Teresa CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) knows all about that. They are there for abused children. Today was their sixth Fostering Love event. That is in addition to the CALM Authors luncheon […]