Foster Care & Adoption

Foster and adoptive resource families provide kids a safe, stable and loving home environment until they can return home to their family. Many also become a child’s forever family when a child can’t return home to their birth parents.

Eligibility

Walden’s foster care and adoption program enables–infants and sibling groups, youth who identify as LGBTQ, and children with developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, or special healthcare needs—to grow up knowing the love and sense of community that family life provides.

What We Do

Walden foster and adoptive resource families develop the skills to become part of a child’s treatment team, using individualized treatment strategies to meet the child’s needs and experience everyday activities in a safe, supportive home environment. Walden families participate in treatment planning and receive ongoing training, in-home supervision and professional support.

Walden families also participate in educational planning meetings, therapy, court hearings, medical care, and social and recreational opportunities that enhance the child’s growth and development. This often includes helping the child maintain a relationship with their birth family through regular communication, visits and collaborative decision making regarding the best interests of the child.

  • Treatment Foster Care. Resource families are certified to provide short- and long-term foster care with the goal of reunifying the child with their birth family.
  • Treatment Fost-Adopt. Resource families seek to adopt a child who is unable to return to their birth family.
  • Treatment Foster to Adoption. Parents primarily interested in foster care build a bond with a specific child and adopt them if reunification is not possible.

Locations

Walden serves children, youth and families throughout Southern California from our offices in the following locations:

Why It Matters

Children who grow up with the support of a family are more likely to develop the skills they need to become contributing members of the community as adults.

Many experienced traumatic events such as persistent neglect or abuse, family violence or caregiver addiction. Many children have also experienced multiple placements, making it essential for caregivers to patiently help them build trusting relationships.