Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sam Solakyan Supports Glendale Healthy Kids

Glendale Healthy Kids Logo, Flexing heart

It is no secret that Sam Solakyan has a passion for helping and caring for our nation's children, specifically in the greater Los Angeles area.  One of the many roles he has taken on is on the board of directors for Glendale Healthy Kids.  The organization envisions a community in which every child has optimal health. Their mission is to provide affordable or no cost quality healthcare to children who are under-insured or are uninsured altogether. The organization was formed in 1993 when the city of Glendale came together with Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Glendale Unified School District.  To find out more about Glendale Healthy Kids and how to get involved, click here:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sam Solakyan on Los Angeles Foster Care System

Child and father holding hands

What defines a good childhood isn’t the amount of toys or money parents provide for their children. A happy and healthy childhood is characterized by the love and trust between a child and their guardian. The home should be a safe haven protected from the cruelties of the world. Unfortunately, some children are stuck with parents that are simply unfit to take care of a child. In these cases a foster home may be the appropriate solution. These children are often vulnerable after being exposed to violence and exploitation in their homes. It is everybody’s hope and belief that these children finally be placed in a safe environment where they will be treated with respect and live the life every child deserves. Sadly this is not always the reality America’s youth faces.

In 1986 California revised its legislation allowing for a privatized part of the foster care system. Since then the quality of many foster care systems has dropped significantly. Authorities now have less oversight of foster care families due to an inadequate screening process that fails to prevent even convicted criminals from becoming foster parents. Of the close to 60,000 children that end up in the L.A. foster care system every year, far too many become victims of abuse within their new home.This is an issue that must be dealt with before another child gets hurt. Recently, Sam Solakyan has involved himself in a potential solution. Solakyan is doing his part by spreading the word and supporting programs.

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