How It All Began

For 40 years, Walden Family Services has championed the vision that every child who enters foster care deserves the opportunity to realize their full human potential.

  • 1976

    Founded to provide quality care for children placed in residential group homes

    1983

    Pioneered one of California’s first “Treatment Foster Care” programs to offer children and teenagers an alternative to group home placements

    1994

    Expanded foster care program to serve children with developmental disabilities

    2001

    Created the Independent Futures program to serve and support foster youth before and after exiting care

    Established a program to support pregnant and parenting teens

    Pioneered a campaign program to advocate for and safely place LGBTQ foster youth in the community; began actively recruiting foster parents from the LGBTQ community

    2002

    Launched a program to serve dependent children with special health care needs in Riverside County

    2006

    Expanded services to children with special health care needs to Los Angeles

    2007

    Expanded services to children with special health care needs to San Diego

    2008

    Licensed as a full service adoption agency

    2009

    Contracted to provide Independent Living After Care services to emancipated youth in San Bernardino County

    2012

    Launched program to serve young people remaining in foster care until age 21, under the California Fostering Connections to Success Act

    2013

    Contracted with San Bernardino County to run visitation centers that provide a place where birth families participate in court-ordered supervised visits while their children who are in foster care

    Launched Nurturing Parents and CalLearn programs to support pregnant and parenting teens

    Licensed to provide a combined transitional housing/foster care program to support young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood

    2014

    Foster Family and Adoptions (FFA) programs accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services

  • 2015

    Named a Live Well San Diego partner by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

    Recognized by Human Rights Campaign “All Children-All Families” initiative for our commitment to provide welcoming, culturally competent services for LGBT kids and families

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Days since founding