How It All Began

Since 1976, Walden Family Services has championed the vision that every child who enters foster care deserves the opportunity to realize their full human potential.

  • 1976

    Founded to provide quality care for children placed in residential group homes


    Pioneered one of California’s first “Treatment Foster Care” programs to offer children and teenagers an alternative to group home placements


    Expanded foster care program to serve children with developmental disabilities


    Created the Independent Futures program to serve and support foster youth before and after exiting care

    Established a program to support pregnant and parenting teens

    Pioneered a campaign program to advocate for and safely place LGBTQ foster youth in the community; began actively recruiting foster parents from the LGBTQ community


    Launched a program to serve dependent children with special health care needs in Riverside County


    Expanded services to children with special health care needs to Los Angeles


    Expanded services to children with special health care needs to San Diego


    Licensed as a full service adoption agency


    Contracted to provide Independent Living After Care services to emancipated youth in San Bernardino County


    Launched program to serve young people remaining in foster care until age 21, under the California Fostering Connections to Success Act


    Contracted with San Bernardino County to run visitation centers that provide a place where birth families participate in court-ordered supervised visits while their children who are in foster care

    Launched Nurturing Parents and CalLearn programs to support pregnant and parenting teens

    Licensed to provide a combined transitional housing/foster care program to support young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood


    Foster Family and Adoptions (FFA) programs accredited by CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services

  • 2015

    Named a Live Well San Diego partner by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

    Recognized by Human Rights Campaign “All Children-All Families” initiative for our commitment to provide welcoming, culturally competent services for LGBT kids and families


Days since founding