Entries by Lydia McNeil

Streamline the Resource Family Approval Process

SAN DIEGO, CA–Nobody plans to enter foster care: A child’s placement is most likely precipitated by a crisis or catastrophic act. If they exist and are willing, relatives and extended family members are often called upon to give care on an emergency, unexpected basis—and they should be helped whenever possible. Currently, the California Department of […]

Close the Gaps that Deny Foster Youth Transitional Care

SAN DIEGO, CA– Walden Family Services supports California’s Assembly Bill 2337, which closes gaps that deny some youth between the ages of 18 and 21 transitional care as they move from foster care to young adulthood. Without help, the consequences can be dire: a third will not graduate from high school; fewer than half will […]

Spring Soirée Raises Needed Funds for Walden Family Services

Solana Beach, CA—In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss hosted an intimate dinner at Pamplemousse Grille on May 22, 2018 to benefit Walden Family Services. The event raised over $21,000 for Walden’s wide-ranging programs on behalf of children and youth in foster care. 22 guests were treated to an exquisite four-course […]

Walden Family Services Supports Increased Access to Cal Grants for Foster Youth

Walden Family Services supports California Senate Bill 940, which expands access to the Cal Grant program for eligible foster youth. 60,000 children are in foster care in California. Only 75% will graduate from high school, and of these, only 4% will graduate from college. Lack of support—emotional, physical, or financial—during the transition from childhood to […]

Walden Family Services Earns ISFC Designation

Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) is a California State program model that allows foster children and youth with significant medical, therapeutic or behavioral needs to remain in a home setting for care. San Diego-based non-profit Walden Family Services has been chosen as one of the first agencies licensed to implement ISFC in Southern California. Since […]

City of San Diego Declares Foster Care Awareness Month 2018

On May 22, 2018 San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf proclaimed May to be Foster Care Awareness Month in the City of San Diego. Zapf, a former foster child herself, highlighted the issues facing youth as they transition into adulthood and, in particular, homelessness. She noted that of the more than 400,000 children and youth […]

Tasha Matthews attends CYC Shadow Day in Sacramento

Walden’s own Tasha Matthews recently participated in California Youth Connection’s (CYC) Shadow Day on May 9, 2018 in Sacramento. As part of its mission to serve foster youth by empowering them to become leaders, CYC matched attendees with state legislators and their staff for the day in an opportunity to observe the daily workings of […]