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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.

Since the café opened in 2017, we’ve been making changes to meet the demands of our customers and to give interns more valuable work experience. Recent improvements to the café include it opening earlier, offering Wi-Fi, and wonderful espresso drinks are now available, hot or cold. The décor is being brightened up, and watch for new menu items beginning in May!

5 Questions: An Interview with Marlyn Medina, social worker, Transitional Housing Programs

David & Margaret is fortunate to have close to 200 volunteers annually who donated almost 9,000 hours of volunteers service in 2018!

On a recent Thursday afternoon, David & Margaret Youth and Family Services welcomed a very special group of forty plus guests to our volunteer recognition event at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services' 44th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - and our first-ever La Verne Business Scavenger Hunt - has something for everyone in the family!

Amaryllis Watkins has seen David & Margaret from every angle: placement worker, mentor, volunteer and now board member.

Inside look at Sabina Sullivan!

An interview with Lisa Pittman!

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is grateful for the women who work here to help provide for and nurture the future women history makers each and every day! Thank you Shelia, Noemy, Linda and all the women of David & Margaret for all you do to Renew Hope and Inspire Change.

The Joan Macy School Award Ceremony Banquet was held recently.  It was a full room overflowing with love and laughter. Friends and families enjoyed an Italian dinner and chocolate strawberry cake. Teachers shared meaningful stories honoring the students’ hard work, dedications, and improvements. Director Charles Rich started off the ceremony congratulating all the students and teachers on their collective efforts. Many students received awards but most notable were Andre, Carlotta, and David & Margaret resident Leilani. It was inspiring and emotional listening to their teachers present the awards.

Former foster youth Joy Clarke’s recent graduation from Cal Poly Pomona is a testament to her laser-sharp focus on her future.

Don’t try this at home. I am fifty years old, and I have been dealing with this disorder on and off for 38 years. You do not want this. You do not want the secrecy, the self-loathing, the selfishness, the obsessive thoughts, the destructive feelings. You do not want the fear of a ruptured esophagus or eroded teeth or an erratic heartbeat. You do not want to feel death is better than life.

Throughout history, African Americans have been left out of the narrative. Stories had been told without all the leading characters. African American History Month began as a way to correct that injustice; a way to remember influential people and events in the history of the African Diaspora.

Meet Linda, and find out about her fascinating international background!

Maria was born into the foster system, living with a variety of foster families and attending many schools. “My experience? It was good, all my social workers were nice, friendly...

A local youth shares her experience regarding Teen Domestic Violence. "When I was 15 I met a boy online. He went to my school - so I knew he was safe to talk to. Online predators are all adults, right?"

It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.

David & Margaret receives three three-year CARF accreditations for foster care programs

Mr. and Mrs. Greenblatt have been active foster parents with David & Margaret for the last ten years. They have opened their home and heart to many foster children over the years.

Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.

Meet 19-year-old Luis Torres and you can feel energy radiating from him like heat. He seems excited about pretty much everything, even leaving his apartment at 5 a.m. to get to his new job at the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps in Pomona.

Because of the amazing generosity of donors, gifts were provided to over 250 David & Margaret youth this year!

Do you know how to identify and help a possible victim?

Are you looking to use your skills, passion and expertise to make a difference in our community?

If you want to make a difference in 2019, make giving a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for how you can create resolutions that give back.

David and Margaret is proud to host a Blood Drive with The American Red Cross January 9th from Noon - 6pm on our main campus  located at 1350 Third Street La Verne, CA 91750. Please join us in saving lives.

Maintenance Manager Mark Lovelis is a musician at heart.

Social work interns gain valuable experience at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

What is your most memorable positive experience? Listening to residents’ success stories and how much they appreciated the staff and services here.

I served as a guide to the other young women living on campus. I showed others to trust in the process. To soak in all that is being offered. The years will go by quickly; embrace the blessing. It was so funny, when I arrived I hated it so much, but when it was time to leave I cried.

However YOU celebrate in December – whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or just reveling in another beautiful month in Southern California – we wish our friends, supporters, donors and the public the very best in the coming new year!

NOMADS donate their valuable time and talent to organizations like David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

David & Margaret's volunteer Santa, Jack Wear, could pass as the real thing ... or is he?

David & Margaret has received a $3,000 grant from the Ecolab Foundation, to promote self-sufficiency and employment for youth ages 18-24 in Los Angeles County who are leaving or transitioning out of foster care.

Volunteers from Starbucks, J.C.Pennys, Foothills Fit4Mom, Cub Scouts pack 13, David & Margaret Board Members, and more came out today to help spread some holiday cheer for the youth and families of David & Margaret. It was a fun and productive day. 

 I recall a cousin saying what a wonderful thing we did by adopting.  In truth, it was her birth Mother who did a wonderful thing out of love for her, so baby Kimberly could have a better life than she could provide. 

November is National Adoption month. As an adoptive parent, I am frequently called upon to be an adoption educator. I share resources and offer counsel to prospective adoptive families.

One day last month I received a voicemail, when I called back it was a conversation that changed our lives!
That may seem an extreme statement, but it is true - this one call changed our lives. It seems my daughter had a new bio-half sibling in foster care and they wanted to know if I was interested in adopting her!?!!

The Patick family’s adoption story started with American Idol and a daughter who wanted to help kids without families.

Through fost-adoption, a night counselor at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services becomes parent to four children.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    412

  • Volunteer Hours

    3317

  • Youth Internship Hours

    686

  • Housing Provided

    98

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