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Walden Family Services

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Family Services, Foster Care, Human Services, Philanthropy

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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I joined the Walden family just over a year ago to adopt a little girl through the foster program. After everything we have been through, we could not have done it without the unwavering support of all those working for Walden. We have had an emotional roller coster ride on this journey and Walden representatives are always there to help us through this process. They dedicate themselves to the welfare of the "kiddos" and assisting their foster families. They are truly a cut above the rest and we would not still be doing this today if it weren't for all those working at Walden! Walden rocks!!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was with Walden from 15 untill I was 18. They have helped me sooooo much!!! I am the person that I am now thanks to them. As I type this I sit here at work in my desk with tears in my eyes as I recount everything I whent with them. Yes good and bad experiences, but with them it was sooo different. I got a life I had always wanted. I thank them now and for ever!!! I love you Walden!!!!