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COMMENTS FROM FOLKS FAMILIAR WITH OUR WORK

ARS HAS RECEIVED MANY LETTERS OF COMMMENDATION OVER OUR TEN YEARS OF OPERATION.
BELOW ARE SOME EXCERPTS
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“I commend your efforts in forming ARS, a non-profit organization dedicated to normalizing the lives of foster youth.
The leadership and dedication to improving the lives of foster children in San Diego is truly admirable.”
              Barbara Boxer, United States Senator
              November 15, 2004

THE FOLLOWING TWO PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN IN EVERY GROUP HOME IN THE COUNTY OVER THE LAST DECADE, ONE FROM A LEGAL ADVOCACY PERSPECTIVE AND ONE FROM A CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE

“I have always found the quality of care at ARS to be superior. The adolescents who live there feel as though they are part of a family, a feeling which is not necessarily common in group homes which serve foster children. The kids feel cared about and respected. I commend Mike Clawson’s approach to working with kids and ARS itself. He has created an innovative, practical model which provides great results with adolescent boys.”
              Ruby Shamsky, Child Advocacy Investigator
              County of San Diego Office of Children’s Counsel
              May 5, 2009

“I would like to recognize and commend ARS for their remarkable work with San Diego County foster youth. Without reservation I believe that ARS’s attachment model is the most effective program for residential youth that I have seen. Many youth have reduced and/or eliminated corresponding symptoms while at ARS, and are provided with an opportunity to build solid and lasting relationships. The results are remarkable. I am honored to be involved in such an innovative and youth centered agency and continued to be inspired by the progress of the youth.
              Karen Kerschmann, LCSW
              Psychotherapist/former County PSW
              May 19 2009

“San Diego County has been impressed with the level of care provided to youth we place in their program. ARS is responsive to our requests and supportive of innovative approaches to Independent Living Skills. It should be noted that youth that were formerly in the program still maintain contact with ARS and view them as continued sources of support in their lives.”
              Barry Fox, Chief of Residential Services
              San Diego County Health and Human Services
              September 8, 2003

IN OCTOBER OF 2002, SAN DIEGO COUNTY SELECTED ARS, ALONG WITH SULLIVAN’S GROUP HOMES (FEMALES), TO COLLABORATE WITH CASEY FAMILY PROGRAMS ON ESTABLISHING A TEMPLATE ON HOW ALL COUNTY GROUP HOMES SHOULD OPERATE

“As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a teen at ARS, I have always had positive experiences with the staff at ARS and am impressed with their commitment to their residents. ARS has been a reasonable, fair and objective environment that my teen boy has thrived in. A sense of normalcy is encouraged and enforced at ARS.”
              Cathy O’Tool, Court Appointed Special Advocate
              October 7, 2004

“I am the CASA for an adolescent boy who lived at the ARS residence in Spring Valley. I can say without equivocation that the year spent at ARS was beyond doubt one of his most successful placement experiences. The ARS staff handled each challenge with the maturity and expertise that foster kids experience all too rarely. Their close involvement I found to be exceptionally effective.”
              Eleanor Sherrell, CASA
              June 5, 2009

“I have mentored my case child for 12 years. He’s been in large institutional settings, smaller group homes and private foster homes, and never succeeded in any of them. For the first time, he’s attending school on a regular basis. He has bonded with the staff in ways I’ve never seen before. I can’t say enough about the staff and the level of commitment to the kids, a truly impressive team. They’re all heroes in my book.”
              Carm Greco, County Mentor
              April 18, 2007