A Word from Walden

The latest news, resources and stories about foster care, adoption and family preservation.

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New Guidelines Promote Foster Youths’ Educational Success

New guidelines released September 1 by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris urge schools and child welfare agencies to work together to support foster youths’ educational success. While foster youth are entitled to specialized academic counseling and other services, they often do not receive these supports. The new guidelines clarify what information child welfare agencies and […]

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How to Start a Conversation with Your Kids

Does your child respond to your questions with a simple “Yes” or “No”? While young kids often share what’s happening in their lives, kids often shy away from conversations with parents as they move into their tween and teen years. Here are some easy tips to start a conversation with your child. Steps to Start a Conversation If you want to […]

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Walden CEO Named to UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla today announced that Walden CEO Teresa Stivers has joined the university’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. As a board member, Stivers (UC San Diego Alumna ’90) will build awareness of the university’s positive impact and advise the Chancellor on the campus’ role in the community. “Teresa is recognized throughout […]

Ranch & Coast Spotlights Spring Soiree Guests

Ranch & Coast snapped some great pictures of guests at Walden’s Spring Soiree fundraiser. Take a peek at the clip, which appears in the August 2016 San Diego’s Best issue. About the Spring Soiree Fundraiser Spring Soiree raised $25,000 and took place during Foster Care Month in May. Proceeds will fund programs that prevent child neglect […]

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Youth Donate Backpacks at Walden’s 40th Anniversary

Walden received a special delivery during its 40th anniversary open house on Thursday, July 28. Twins Jacqueline and Sheridan Crisafulli, 11, raised money to purchase and donate 100 backpacks and school supplies for kids in foster care. “We want to do this because it must be really hard to be a foster kid and not […]

Children, Families Dazzled by Annual Disney Adventure

David could barely contain his excitement when he and his family arrived yesterday for Walden’s annual Disney adventure decked out in Mickey and Minnie t-shirts. When asked what they wanted to do, both David and his sister responded, “Ride the train.” More than 100 foster children and youth, families and social work staff  from Walden […]

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SD County Supervisors Honor Walden

Supervisor Ron Roberts honored Walden on Tuesday during the Board of  Supervisors meeting with a proclamation declaring “Walden Family Services Day” in honor of the agency’s 40th anniversary. In his remarks, Roberts called attention to children’s need for family and community, and the specialized training foster and adoptive families receive so that they can partner […]

Walden Holds 40th Anniversary Open House

Join Walden on Thursday, July 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m., for an open house to celebrate 40 years of preparing foster children and youth to thrive. Guests will meet children and families served by the agency, and learn how social workers and local leaders support Walden’s vision of preparing every child to reach their full potential. This […]

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2015 Impact Report Highlights How Families, Community Support Foster Children

San Diego (June 14, 2016)—Every child needs a family—and a community who provides opportunities for them to grow and thrive. In 2015, community investment allowed more than 1,500 children, youth and families to heal from trauma and develop relationships that prepare them to thrive. Flip through the Walden Family Services 2015 Social Impact Report to discover how your support for children and youth in the foster care […]