A Word from Walden

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

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 […]

Walden Family Services Joins the Clinton Health Matters Initiative

We’re excited to announce that the Clinton Foundation has partnered with the County of San Diego (COSD) and The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) to bring the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to San Diego and Walden Family Services has been chosen as one of the initiative’s key stakeholders. Over the next three years, we will work […]

Walden Foster and Adoptive Parents Recognized at RaiseAChild Honors Gala

Congratulations to Walden foster and adoptive parents Oraisa and Shindana for being recognized at the 5th Annual RaiseAChild Honors Gala.    RaiseAChild is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adopting. The organization’s annual Honors Gala, held earlier this month, honored […]

Walden CEO Teresa Stivers Named Among Women Who Influence San Diego

Congratulations to Walden Family Services’ CEO Teresa Stivers for being named to the 2017 list of Women Who Impact San Diego by San Diego Metro Magazine. Teresa was selected for the positive impact she has made on the San Diego community through her role at Walden tackling the issues of education, health and community services […]

Walden receives Proclamation from San Diego City Council

Walden Family Services received a proclamation, presented by the City of San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf on May 23, 2017,  for Foster Care Awareness month. Foster Care Awareness month aims to increase awareness about foster care and encourages more involvement in the lives of these youth – whether as foster parents, volunteers, mentors or employers. […]

A Walden THP+FC Program Success Story

Congratulations to Haley on her recent graduation from Walden’s THP+FC Program!  Haley was in our THP+FC program for approximately two and a half years and was able to save $5,380 in her graduation savings fund. Haley is a full-time college student who has a bright future ahead of her. She recently obtained an internship through […]

Walden’s New Logo!

Since 1976, Walden Family Services have been caring for foster youth and families. We are proud to present our new logo that captures the spirit and uniqueness of Walden’s services and people. Our goal is to show the vibrant connection of Walden Family Services to individuals and our community. Our new logo is bold, heartfelt, and […]