Walden Family Services

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

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Location: 6150 Mission Gorge Road Suite 210 San Diego CA 92120 USA

Mission: The mission of Walden Family Services is to support the lives of children and families through lasting relationships. For 37 years, Walden Family Services (Walden) has been a recognized leader in providing treatment-level foster care to children in need throughout Southern California. Specifically, Walden serves the most tragic cases - children who are mentally and physically handicapped, developmentally delayed, autistic, and medically fragile - AND children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse, negligence or abandonment. It is hard to imagine the challenges of being a child and living with an emotional, mental or physical impairment. Now imagine compounding that obstacle with a mentally, physically and/or sexually abusive home environment. The stories of Walden?s children are often so heart-breaking, they seem impossible. On average, most of these children have already suffered the trauma of an average of 10 failed placements.
Results: In 2013 Walden's annual fundraiser, Wine D'Vine, raised more than $240,000 for program funding. This year we are looking to exceed that amount with the Eleventh Annual Wine D'Vine in October 2014.
Target demographics: Foster children throughout Southern California with Special Healthcare Needs and/or Developmental Disabilities. Walden provides services to more than 225 children daily in over 180 certified foster homes.
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 600 children and youth, many with developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Geographic areas served: San Diego, Riverside, Northridge, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Kern, Imperial, and Ventura Counties.
Programs: Therapeutic Foster Care Specialized Care - Children with Developmental Disabilities Specialized Care - Children with Special Health Care Needs Independent Futures Program Adoptions
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Walden is a wonderful agency that provides quality loving foster homes in the SFV, Riverside, and Sand Diego areas. The agency staff are professionally trained and provide guidance and suppoprt to their wonderful foster parents.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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I once heard someone say “Do for one what you would do for the world". Here at Walden I believe we accomplish that. I am Proud to be part of such a great organization and am inspired daily by our children, our emancipated young adults, our foster parents and co-workers. How lucky am I to see generosity, love, kindness, hard work and unconditional acceptance replace what all too often was abuse and neglect. Whether it’s a foster parent opening their doors in the late evening hours, a social worker working way past their "8" hour day, a donor answering the call to a much needed donation or a young adult who has emancipated ask " How can I give back to Walden?" The word Family is rightfully placed in Walden Family Services.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of working at Walden Family Services for the last 11 years. I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the life changing effect our agency has on the youth we serve. None of it would be possible without the support of incredible team members which include: foster parents, adoptive parents, donors, coworkers, volunteers, board members, community involvement, etc. If I forgot to mention anyone...I apologize. A special shout out to the loving parents who open their homes and hearts to a youth in need...much respect!

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2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working for Walden for a little over a year and I have learned a lot from the foster families,children and te staff. Walden provides life changing experiences to not only the children but to all of us involved. At Walden I feel at home with all the loving and caring people. Children have people who love and are for them.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working for Walden Family Services for 4 years now. I love the work environment and the appreciation that is given. The staff members are very dedicated within the field of foster care. They strive to provide the children with loving and stable homes, during time of transitions. Coming to a work environment that is friendly and caring, makes the work enjoyable. Working for Walden Family Services has been a great experience and highly rank them in the field of social services.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This coming July it will be 10 years that i started working for Walden Family Services. This company has been a pleasure to work for, the staff is like my second family we work as a team to make sure that our foster children are well taken care of and that are family feel supported!!!

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I have been working at Walden for the last 6 years. Working at Walden has been such a great experience. Walden is a great organization that helps children and families in the foster care system. Walden helps match foster youth to foster and adoptive families, and everyone here is like a family. My experiences here have thought me to care for others and fight for people who are unable to. Walden continues to help the youth that emancipate from the system and helps them become responsible adults in society.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Walden Family Services in 1996 and it has been a pleasure working with such a great organization. Walden continuously strives to offer the best services and resources to the children and foster parents it serves. The entire organization is committed to providing a loving and stable environment to the children that come through our doors. Walden Family Services is an organization that trully believes that we must do everything we can to better the lives of our children.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just celebrated 10 years working at Walden Family Services, and Walden is beyond compare. From it's high ethical standards, to "doing whatever it takes", the many kids who have passed through our doors have been encouraged, mentored, helped and healed. I am incredibly proud of the work we do, and the lives we have changed.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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