A Word from Walden

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

National Child Abuse Prevention: Facts You Need to Know

In the minute it takes you to read this paragraph, 250 babies will be born around the world. You will blink nearly 12 times, a hummingbird will flap its wings 4,000 times; 7.15 billion human hearts will beat, collectively, more than 500 billion times. 116 people will get married, and another 144 people will celebrate […]

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 […]

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 […]