A Word from Walden

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

Walden CEO Teresa Stivers Named Influential Woman of the Year

We are pleased to announce that our very own Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services, was named a 2017 Influential Woman of the Year by The Daily Transcript. Click here to read the article.

Foster Care Alumni of America Seeks New Board Members

The national organization, Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA), is seeking applications for new board members for its recently expanded Board. The organization is working to harness the knowledge and strength of alumni of foster care, and believes that the firsthand knowledge alumni have of the foster care system gives them an expertise that is powerful […]

Simone Biles hopes to inspire other foster care kids to pursue their dreams.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is speaking out about her hardships growing up, being in foster care, and how she’s giving back now. The gold medalist was placed in foster care when she was 3 years old, because her mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Her grandfather and his wife eventually adopted her and her younger sister, […]

For Hunter Industries, Donating Holiday Gifts Celebrates Family, Citizenship

Hunter Industries believes strongly in supporting the local community. In fact, they have a charitable giving charter centered on core values like family and citizenship. And last week, employees celebrated these values by donating holiday gifts for 93 Walden children and youth. Gifts for children in Walden’s foster care and adoption program ranged from toys and […]

Balboa Travel Marketing Communications Director Joins Walden Board

Balboa Travel Director of Marketing Communications Andrea da Rosa has been appointed to the Walden Family Services Foundation board of directors, joining business and community leaders from throughout San Diego. Da Rosa and her wife, Deborah Llewellyn, are longtime supporters of Walden. “Walden Family Services creates a path for foster youth to succeed during a […]

Jack in the Box Supply Chain team members donating holiday gifts for foster youth

Intuit, Jack in the Box Fulfill Holiday Wishes

Employees from Intuit and Jack in the Box stopped by the San Diego office Friday with cars fulls of gifts to fulfill the holiday wishes of children and youth in foster care. A Razor scooter and helmet for Leo. A Princess Fantasy Dress Up Chest for Bethany. And pots and pans, blankets and other household necessities […]

Share Your #MyGivingStory

What’s Your #MyGivingStory?

What inspires you to give your time, talent and financial gifts to Walden Family Services? In honor of #GivingTuesday, take a few minutes to share your #MyGivingStory about why you support children and youth in foster care. You could help Walden win up to $10,000. Submit Your Story Write a short story (150-600 words) about a […]

SDGE Executive, Adoptive Parent Joins Walden Board

Walden is pleased to announce that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Vice President of Energy Procurement Emily Shults has joined the organization’s governance board of directors. The role is deeply personal for Shults who adopted two daughters through Walden. “I was really interested in serving on a board that I felt connected to—one that […]

November 19 is National Adoption Day!

Celebrate National Adoption Day November 19

Walden Family Services invites you to join children and families throughout the United States today in celebrating National Adoption Day. Each year, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, communities come together to honor and celebrate families formed through adoption. Earlier this month, one Walden family participated in a ceremony that celebrated the adoption of 83 kids in the San Fernando […]

Walden Board Chair Earns Exemplary Service Award

“How can you pay it forward?” That was the question Arlene Lieberman, Walden’s governance board chair, asked the audience when she was honored by the San Diego Business Journal with the 2016 Women Who Mean Business Exemplary Service Award. Lieberman recalled how a friend helped her as a struggling young mother, then encouraged her to pay […]