A Word from Walden

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

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 […]

Selfie of an adoptive family wearing sunglasses

National Adoption Month Story Contest

Are you a Walden child, youth or family with an adoption story to share? Enter our National Adoption Month Story Contest by sharing a memory of your adoption experience. Just “Like” Walden’s Facebook page, then post a short story (approx. 100 words) and a family photo in the comment section below our “National Adoption Month […]

Harley and Maryanne Sefton with John Fogerty at the 2016 Wine D'Vine fundraiser

Wine D’Vine Honors Foster Care Champions, Raises $675,000

Walden Family Services honored longtime champions Harley and Maryanne Sefton with the inaugural Fostering Hearts Legacy Award October 28 during its Wine D’Vine fundraiser. The event attracted a sold out crowd of 350 influential business and community leaders and raised over $675,000 for the nonprofit’s foster care, adoption and parent training programs. “Walden is thankful for […]

Global Algae staff delivering backpacks for foster children and youth

Business Community Hosts Backpack Drives

Each year, the business community hosts backpack drives to provide school-age foster children and youth with necessary school supplies. “Starting the school year with a new backpack is a rite of passage for many kids,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “For kids in foster care, new backpacks represent a way to fit in with classmates.” […]

Young mother and baby

Cal-Learn Prepares Teen Parents for Life After Graduation

Parents are expected to serve as role models for their children, but we rarely stop to think about how parents develop the skills to fulfill their role. These expectations are especially tough on teen parents trying to care for their children before they have graduated from high school or figured out how to care for […]