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2016 Copper for Kids Check Presentation

“Copper for Kids” Raises $2,500 for Walden Family Services

2016 Copper for Kids Check Presentation.
Pictured L to R: Tracy Threlfall, Bonni Parsons Mitchell, Teresa Stivers, Connie Stevenson and Karl Kirke

Walden Family Services received a generous donation of $2,500 from the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) San Diego Chapter, as a result of members’ fundraising efforts through the Copper for Kids program. Copper for Kids recycles excess copper materials and uses the funds to benefit nonprofit organizations that assist foster children and youth in making successful transitions to adulthood.

“We greatly appreciate the PHCC Association of San Diego and their Copper for Kids program, which will benefit children and youth in the foster care system locally,”said Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services. “Through this generosity and outreach, children build lifelong relationships with foster and adoptive families, and young people exit foster care prepared for college, career and community life.”

“PHCC contractors are environmentally conscious and most recycle as a standard business practice. They now have an additional realized benefit of supporting children in our community,” said Connie Stevenson, President of the Board of Directors for PHCC Association, San Diego.

Every $5,000 raised provides children and youth with family and caring adults who help them to grow and thrive. “By connecting children with forever families, they can reach their full potential and break the cycle of foster care,” said Stevenson.

According to, San Diego County has nearly 3,500 children in the foster care system. Research shows that children who exit foster care without a family or strong support network are less likely to graduate from high school, and more likely to become pregnant before age 21, incarcerated, or homeless.

Walden, LGBT Families Celebrate Human Rights Campaign Foundation Award

January 14, 2016 – When Mac and Dustin McCurdy decided to start a family, they originally considered surrogacy before realizing they could provide a loving home to a child in foster care. As a same sex couple, they were thrilled to learn that Walden Family Services recently earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) All Children–All Families “Seal of Recognition” for its commitment to providing welcoming, culturally competent services for LGBT kids and families.

“Baby Daddy” Comedian Alec Mapa Talks Foster Adoption at Dec. 2 Event

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Foster Care, Adoption Agency Earns Live Well San Diego Designation

November 4, 2015 – When former foster youth Lacey Bowman graduated from Grossmont College earlier this year with a liberal arts degree, she became a role model—and a statistic. Bowman is among only 3 percent of former foster youth who graduate from college, and credits the emotional and financial support she received while in foster care with Walden Family Services for preparing her to pursue her education.

$125,000 Raised at Thirty-Nine & D’Vine to support Walden Family Services

October 13, 2015 – Walden Family Services raised $125,000 last week at Thirty-Nine & D’Vine, a fall dinner celebration and fundraiser at Pamplemousse Grille, to fund programs and services that support of foster and adoptive children and the families who love and care for them.

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