A Word from Walden

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

Most Admired Companies 2013

San Diego Metro is proud to present the Most Admired Companies 2013 – these are companies and organizations that have earned the trust and loyalty of their constituencies by adhering to high standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability. Walden Family Services is honored to be recognized as one of these distinguished organizations and is deeply […]

Holiday Gift Drive for Teens

Northridge – Chatsworth Patch Walden Family Services is holding its annual Southern California holiday gift drive through December 13, 2013. This year’s drive will focus on collecting gifts for teenage foster children and foster youth who have aged out of the system, including those in Walden’s Transitional Housing Placement, Nurturing Parenting and After Care programs. […]

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday!

Hi friends, Today is #GivingTuesday and it is the perfect day to give back to the foster and adoptive youth and their families who live in our communities. Your donation today helps Walden support the lives of children and families through lasting relationships and ensures that every child has a loving family and the ability […]

Walden Hires Four New Employees in Los Angeles Office

Walden is pleased to announce the arrival of four new staff members at our offices in Los Angeles: Andrea Salazar, Director of Fund Development Karla Robles, Parent Recruiter Muriel Gaudin, Program Director Suzanne Lazear, Grants Manager You can read about these accomplished individuals in the Studio City Patch and ask you to join us in […]

Walden Executive Director and Board Member Nominated for SDBJ Most Admired CEO

Congratulations are in order! Jorge Ruiz de Castilla and Teresa Stivers are among the nominees for the 2013 Most Admired CEO Awards, hosted by the San Diego Business Journal. Jorge Ruiz de Castilla – CEO of The Chip Merchant, Foundation Board of Directors, Walden Family Services Jorge Ruiz de Castilla moved from Peru to the […]

Monday Morning Good News – Wine D’Vine a Success!

Walden Family Services 10th Annual Wine D’Vine Gala on Wednesday, October 30th at The Grand Del Mar was a sparkling success! More than 300 guests attended and were treated to a heartfelt performance by Nashville Superstar Jimmy Wayne, a Live and Silent Auction, and a Jewel Box Extravaganza – one lucky guest bought a jewelry […]

Nashville Superstar Jimmy Wayne to Perform at Wine D’Vine

Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch – Read the full article here Nashville Superstar and Former Foster Youth Jimmy Wayne to Perform at Walden Family Services 10th Annual Wine D’Vine Gala! A special performance will be given by county music star Jimmy Wayne. A former foster youth and homeless teen, Wayne is an advocate for the foster […]

Walden Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Walden Family Services Appoints New Chief Operating Officer Congratulations to Walden’s own Sue Evans! Previously Senior Director of Operations, Sue has been named as Walden’s Chief Operating Officer. Sue has been with Walden for 13 years, developing and running programs to provide quality foster homes to children and youth throughout Southern California. You can read […]

The Dream of Higher Education for Foster Children

The Dream of Higher Education for Foster Children – Walden Family Services offers two groundbreaking programs. Through the Independent Futures Program and Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC), Walden’s foster youth are able to pursue a higher education as well as become better prepared to be employed, face adulthood, and be contributing members of […]

Heaven can’t wait

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