A Word from Walden

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

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 […]

Rock legend John Fogerty

Grammy Award-Winner John Fogerty at Wine D’Vine

GRAMMY Award-winner John Fogerty will take the stage October 28 at Wine D’Vine for an exclusive performance to celebrate Walden’s 40th anniversary. Fogerty rose to fame as the lead singer and guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival performing classic hits like “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” Chaired by Marty and […]

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Weingart Foundation Awards $200,000 to Walden Family Services

Grant Will Expand Services to Foster Youth in Los Angeles and Inland Empire Walden Family Services (Walden) announced today that the Weingart Foundation has awarded the agency a $200,000 unrestricted grant. Walden intends to use the grant funds to build its capacity to serve foster children and youth in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino […]

Picture of Walden executives Mary Frame and Sue Evans at their California Alliance presentation on medically fragile foster children

Finding Families for Medically Fragile Foster Children

Each year, thousands of children enter the foster care system needing specialized medical care. They may require medical equipment such as a feeding tube, nebulizer or oxygen. Some have life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or cystic fibrosis. Others require doctors who can monitor and manage congenital heart defects, gastrointestinal disorder, or seizures. These medically […]

Picture of teacher supporting a foster youths' educational success

New Guidelines Promote Foster Youths’ Educational Success

New guidelines released September 1 by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris urge schools and child welfare agencies to work together to support foster youths’ educational success. While foster youth are entitled to specialized academic counseling and other services, they often do not receive these supports. The new guidelines clarify what information child welfare agencies and […]

Mother in a conversation with her tween daughter

How to Start a Conversation with Your Kids

Does your child respond to your questions with a simple “Yes” or “No”? While young kids often share what’s happening in their lives, kids often shy away from conversations with parents as they move into their tween and teen years. Here are some easy tips to start a conversation with your child. Steps to Start a Conversation If you want to […]