Entries by Lydia McNeil

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 […]

Spring Soirée to Benefit Walden Family Services

Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss will host a Spring Soirée to benefit Walden Family Services on Thursday, May 22, 2018 from 6-9 pm at Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach. This intimate dinner will feature a four-course menu with wine pairings chosen especially for Walden by Chef Strauss. Proceeds from Spring Soirée will benefit the foster children, […]

Walden Family Services honors long-standing employees at Staff Appreciation Day

RIVERSIDE, CA – In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Walden Family Services wishes to recognize the contributions of its longest-serving staff. These dedicated employees have all worked at least five years in furtherance of Walden’s mission to support the most vulnerable members of our population: children and youth in foster care across Southern California. […]

Walden Family Services 2017 Impact Report

Our 2017 Impact Report is here, allowing us to reflect on the lives of the children, youth, and families we’ve been privileged to serve. Their stories are in the numbers: 207 foster children, 303 youth in transitional housing, over 9000 hours of coaching and supervised visitation—and so much more. With the help of our generous […]