A Word from Walden

The latest news, resources and stories about foster care, adoption and family preservation.

Tribute to Noreen and Andy Sandel, Walden Legacy Circle Members

Ten years ago, Noreen and Andy Sandel chose a legacy that benefits children and families across Southern California. The Sandels were a generous, unassuming pair who loved their community and always looked to help those less fortunate, especially children. When Noreen passed in late August, preceded by her husband in 2011, the Sandel’s charitable trust […]

The Community Foundation broadens foster family recruitment possibilities

A $20,000 grant from The Community Foundation will expand Walden’s foster and adoptive family recruitment in 2018 across the Inland Empire. We’re honored to continue a thriving partnership with The Community Foundation, who brings a highly respected record for strengthening SoCal through philanthropic giving. This grant will allow unplaced foster children to find loving, supportive […]

Toys for Tots Gives Warmth to the Holidays for Walden Kids

Thank you, Toys for Tots, for supporting Walden foster kids! We received an abundance of toys this weekend that will soon bring joy to foster children over the holidays. We are so grateful for this partnership! If you or your company would like to make a gift to support foster families this holiday season, please […]

Walden Partners with Raise A Child in Hollywood

Walden is honored to partner with Raise A Child to recruit foster parents. Together, we co-create foster and adoption informational programs. Each event supports, educates, and motivates prospective parents. Last week, we participated in a recruitment event in Hollywood. Every event features real foster and adoptive parents. We are grateful to them for sharing their experience, advice […]

Walden Partners with Raise A Child

November 15 at the San Diego Children’s Museum Walden is honored to partner with Raise A Child to recruit foster parents. Together, we co-create foster and adoption informational programs. Each event supports, educates, and motivates prospective parents. Last night, we participated in an event at the San Diego Children’s Museum. Every event features real foster and adoptive […]

Teresa Stivers named an Influential Leader by The Daily Transcript

Congratulations to Walden Family Services’ CEO Teresa Stivers for being named to The Daily Transcript’s list of 50 Influential Leaders. As the CEO of San Diego-headquartered Walden Family Services, an organization dedicated to finding loving foster homes for special-needs, hard-to-place youths throughout Southern California, Teresa would like nothing better than to be put out of […]

Businesses Supporting Nonprofits – It’s more than just the money

Walden Family Services was featured in this month’s issue of San Diego Metro Magazine! In the article “Businesses Supporting Nonprofits – It’s more than just money,” Walden CEO Teresa Stivers discusses the importance of corporate donors in the non-profit world. We are fortunate to live in a generous and supportive community where businesses significantly contribute […]

Is your next hire a former foster youth?

By Teresa Stivers Published in The Daily Transcript Finding local, hardworking employees with the right skill set and professional and personal acumen keeps many a recruiter awake at night. As San Diego businesses know, recruiting and retaining good workers is an ongoing challenge. Many employers have had difficult experiences hiring young, under- and un-experienced employees. […]

Harnessing the Winds of Change to Support Children and Families

Last week, Walden Family Services was honored to speak at the Family Focused Treatment Association’s (FFTA) 31st Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Our Chief Operating Officer Sue Evans, and Director of Quality Assurance Mary Frame, gave an informative presentation about how to start a foster care and adoption program tailored to meet the needs of […]