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The San Gabriel Valley Democratic Club hosted their annual celebration which included an oratorical contest, which our CEO, Shirlee Smith participated in, and was awarded 3rd place.  The prize was the book "Quiet" by Susan Cain (



 "A prize truly meant for the time." Smith commented, as the summer months are a time for reflection, planning and strengthening our organization.





CEO, Smith now attends the Incarcerated Parents Working Group meetings chaired by The Honorable Marguerite Downing of the Children's Court.  Time well spent listening and learning.  Information gained will be posted on our website upon obtaining permission from the court.





"Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth in California", a conference convened by GRACE and the National Foster Youth Institute in coordination with Congresswoman Karen Bass, was held at Maryvale in July.  The conference was packed with tons of information presented by various heavyweights in the business as panelists, speakers and moderators.  Visit the GRACE website for the full conference report.



 You can learn more about the early history and current programs available at Maryvale Family Resource & Early Education Center located in Duarte, CA. 






At a recent workshop "Your Kids, Your Money," the following Facebook exchange was discussed.

Kid #1 had a Facebook post that showed a photo of an expensive Pokeman character he had purchased.
Kid #2 responded to the post saying, "Boy, you must be rich to afford that!"
Kid #1 answered, "No, I saved my money."
Kid #2 responded again, "Saving?  What dark magic dost thou speaketh?"

Parents commented that it's so true that kids being taught to save money is almost obsolete nowadays....  click here to see clips of workshop.

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A Country-time Graduation.......
"Hmmm," said the kinda-country folk who were sitting way up front attending the first college graduation ceremony in their family.  Yup, they were there to witness this momentous occasion......More >>>
Redneck Proud..... Now with her own family reality episodes,  this adult wannabe, known to the public as Honey Boo Boo Child, has also been making guest appearances on a bunch of TV network talk shows  - as though she had something to say.....More >>> 

We no longer produce the Talk About Parenting LIVE shows at the Pasadena Television Station, but are in the process of developing a non-profit YouTube Channel.   Please see clips of 2 previous shows below.
Child Predator, Cyber Crime.......
Tracy Webb, Director Cyber Crime Division - Los Angeles City Prosecutor's Office.  It may not be the neighbor kid who is on-line playing video games with your son or daughter! It may be a child predator AND you the parent need to know what to do...... watch the clip >>> 

For more information, visit guest's website 
Grandparents as Parents........
Madelyn Gordon, Executive Director of Grandparents As Parents, Inc. says this new responsibility at retirement age is a the clip >>>

For more information, visit
guest's website

   shirlee's desk

It's been a year full of challenges, but there's nothing new about that.  Our classes for incarcerated mothers at California Institution for Women continue to be our main focus.  177 women signed up for our last session that ran February through June.


We expanded the number of classes offered, but still have a long "wait" list.  If you are interested in presenting at our Saturday prison classes and you have expertise in the areas of parent/child bonding, same sex parenting, or accessing resources, please contact us.  Classes begin November 9, 2013 and run through June 2014


Summertime for our organization is a focus on visibility.  Maybe this is called outreach?  No. It's for us being visible to the community.


No longer producing our cable television show, and with the sunset of the LA Times/ Pasadena Sun, it also means no more Shirlee's Common Sense newspapers column.  This should equates to us meeting people eye-to-eye and in person




Benefit Event

Mothers Behind Bars:  The Parent Puzzle

When: Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 3:00-5:00pm

Where: The Hillsides, 940 Ave 64, Pasadena, CA 91105

Cost - $60


Visit our website to RSVP or donate.


Program Participants - Gloria Barrios (mother & former inmate), Carol Liu (CA State Senator), Kim Hughes (Deputy Chief Warden, CA Institution for Women), Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Humanitarian Award Recipient, The Honorable Judge Marguerite D.Downing.  



Please join us in welcoming our latest Board Members:
        • Lois Billings
        • Andy Takakjian

Visit our website for their bio. 



LA philharmonic We were fortunate to receive tickets to LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl from Sussy Nemer, Deputy, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.  On August 1, some of our families were able to enjoy music under the stars.  Thanks to the LA County 5th District Supervisor!

Volunteer Spotlight


Neha Shinde is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science and a minor in Comparative Literature. She recently returned from a volunteer service for two years with the US Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Central America.  She is fluent in Spanish and, of course, English.  Neha says her volunteer assignment with our organization's prison project has provided her a good inside look into the employment she is seeking in the fields of social work and public health.  She plans eventually, to apply for graduate school in one of these two fields.




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