Today, the need for foster/resource families is even greater than it has been in the past.There are nearly 450,000 children in foster care in the United States and the numbers continue to grow. It is easy to assume this problem doesn’t affect us, but it does. There are children in need in our own community. Los Angeles County is home to 30,000 of the 50,000 children in foster care in California.
For most children in foster care (430,000 and counting), the primary goal is reunification. But in the unfortunate circumstance when reunification is no longer a viable option, a child becomes available for adoption and will need a permanent home and family.
An interview with Seth, in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month!
Adoption has always been a part of society, but until 1851there were no formal laws in place
Celebrate Adoption Month this November!
Bri went through David & Margaret's residential foster care program & the Transitional Living Program and now she works as a peer mentor offering unique support & guidance other professionals can't.
Yesterday, we had a very special visitor. Donna is a former resident of David & Margaret. She came to us with her sister in the early 1940’s, when she was only 6 years old.
Jessie Sandoval, who is known for her expertise and compassion as Employment/Education Specialist, got into social work by accident.
Local community member Nick Solis has an extensive history volunteering & supporting causes near to his heart. He and his Starbucks team have become valuable assets to David & Margaret and the families we serve.
September 15 - October 15 is recognized at Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month! It's important to recognize & honor the heritages your foster child belongs to. Recognizing the cultural differences between you and your foster child is a huge stepping stone to providing the best support to your little (or not so little) one.
Carl was a young man, working two jobs, but still he faced homelessness.
What do you most enjoy about working here? “Being able to be a part of people’s journey’s in changing their life for the better.”
Generous sponsors enabled David & Margaret to raise record funds at this year's Annual Gala
September Is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This article was written to help put an end to the stigma around suicide and hopefully help educate, you, the reader.
The 12th Annual Gala, Fostering Community, was definitely a night to remember! The community truly came together; with over 175 attendees, who collectively helped raise over
Get to know Wayne Wolcott, Transitional Housing Program Supervisor & passionate advocate for youth and young adults with a history of foster care!
Joan Macy School (JMS) is a specialized, Non-Public School located on the campus of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (D&M) in La Verne. Joan Macy School serves females and those who identify as female, whose needs and challenges may be quite complex.. Students are referred by their school districts which includes Glendora, Covina, Pomona, Walnut, Ontario, Claremont, Montclair, El Monte and more.
The silent auction is happening now! All proceeds support children, youth & young adults with a history of foster care. Some items include a 4 pack of Disney Park Hopper tickets, a night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, wi...
Only 26 and already over a decade of volunteering experience, Ruth is truly an inspiring young woman.
Having a meaningful job helps give Tabitha's life purpose.
Dave & Maggie's Cafe debuts art exhibit by youth with a history of foster care
Luis was 6 years old when he was picked up from school and placed into foster care. Through many struggles he's managed to grow into an extraordinary young man.
Joan Macy School welcomes students back for the 2019-20 school year
The youth's first field day was a great day enjoyed by D&M residents and staff! Staff and youth engaged in good old-fashioned activities like water balloon tosses, sack races, sponge competitions, ring toss, bubble stations and more!
Starting this month, the walls at Dave and Maggie's Café will feature art by young adults who are part of the Transitional Housing Programs.
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows people to connect to their community and make it a better place. Helping out with even the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people that David & Margaret serves.
Brian Bowcock's life is a testament to his passionate devotion to helping people, especially young ones. His services go above and beyond. Whether it’s coaching little league, mentoring a foster child, serving on a community college foundation board, or simply making access to city services easier for people, he’s done it.
David, Scott, Christopher and Matthew make up a wonderful family brought together in an extraordinary way!
The Learning Enhancement Center has been turning learning disabilities into learning abilities since 1990! Helps thousands of families take control of their life!
Beverly is preparing to retire this month after 28 years with David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. Since she has been such a big part of what we do, we asked her to be our “5 Questions” interviewee for the month. Enjoy retirement, Bev – you’ve earned it, but we will really miss you!
Community Staple offering favorite brand products and providing paid internships to youth and young adults with a history of foster care.
Meet Jazmin Coronado; a bright and hard working individual. At 18 years old she was living in a car, and
5 Questions: an interview with Cristina Romero, A.M. Counselor, DUCO
Dave and Maggie's Café is excited to announce their new pastry source! We spoke with Annie, owner of Heritage Baking for the inside scoop!
In honor of Father’s Day and a special dad who makes a difference. Whether you are a bio parent, step parent, foster parent, god parent, special relative/mentor there are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of a child and on this father’s day we celebrate all the men making a difference.
A former David & Margaret resident rises above addiction.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services has a long-standing relationship with a unique group of women.
David & Margaret is dedicated to providing support to children, youth and families involved in foster care. In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month we are pleased to announce progressive steps to further support team members involved in the foster care system.
Meet David, a DUCO case manager!
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce provides internships to former foster youth at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and our theme for the observance is “It Takes a Village.” In this post, we talked to Dan about his and his wife’s experiences as foster/adoptive parents.
Meet Domeo, newest intern at Dave and Maggie's Café!
Hop Skip Drive, helping youth in foster care and families across the nation.
May is National Mental Health Month. Why should that be important to you?
National Mental Health Month aims to increase the awareness and understanding of mental health throughout the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in the U.S. more than 44 million people - one in six adults - suffer from mental illness.
Mo Williams, BUSD shares insights into the village supporting youth in foster care.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month (NFCAM), a time dedicated to raising awareness for all the children and youth in foster care. It is also when we honor the foster parents, families, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and members of the community who have a role in supporting youth who experience foster care!
Sadie looks forward to a teaching career, and eventually, a family of her own. To both, she will bring to bear not only a fine education, but perspective on life shaped by her experiences as a former foster child who is a success story.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to honor this occasion we have asked Courtney O’Steen, a child abuse survivor, and Mrs. California 2019 to share a few words with our readers.
Thank you to each of the 539 community members who came out to the David & Margaret 44th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. It was such a fun and joyful day! There were balloon twisters, face painters, easter egg dyeing, lots of games, live music, photo booths, and Easter Egg Hunt, and of course a visit from the one and only Easter Bunny.