Entries by Kiandra Jimenez

San Diego Pride Parade: Why We March for LGBTQ Equality

For years Walden staff has joined the LGBTQ community to march in the San Diego Pride Parade. Along with our family and friends we wear rainbow tutus, faces, capes and the brightest ‘Walden pink’ t-shirts and hats we can find. Although we love the atmosphere of love and community, we are marching for more than […]

Supporting Teen Independence: Tools and tips to empower youth

  As children mature into adolescents, parents and caregivers must also adapt, shift, and grow into a new role: life skills and independence coach. There are few young adults who reach adulthood without an adult intentionally guiding, teaching, and mentoring them, ensuring they have the life skills necessary to become successful adults. When practiced, teen […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Foster Youth

For decades the picture of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been a U.S. war veteran, fighting bravely on behalf of our country. Through public awareness campaigns and public service announcements we have collectively learned to associate PTSD with the brave fight of our soldiers. We recognize the symptoms—flashbacks, jittery nerves, withdrawn or depressed behavior, chemical […]

Supporting Fatherhood through Community

What if we told you we knew how to decrease youth suicides, reduce teenage pregnancy, turn around climbing high school dropout statistics, prevent a large number of adolescent drug abuse, curb youth behavior disorders, and stop a large number of youths from ever entering the prison system? Would you be eager to champion and stand […]

Common Foster Care Myths and Misconceptions

The moment someone mentions foster care we instantly go to our memory bank of stories and experiences, news articles and investigative reports. Like most adults, you and I have heard the long and short tales of foster care—the stories that inspire and encourage us, as well as the stories that inform and urge us to […]

Defining and Understanding Foster Care

  Every year over 55,000 children in California, 250,000 in the nation, face a dire situation—their birth families can no longer provide a stable, safe home for them. Through no fault of their own, these children are forced to leave their parents, family, friends, home, school, toys and way of life to be placed in […]