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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.

Adopting a child through foster care is not an easy process. It is complicated and frustrating and a wonderful life changing experience. This post shares the story of a single working mother who created her family through the fost-adopt process. If you are interested in learning more about fostering or adopting please go to our website http://bit.ly/DMYFSFoster or call 1-800-4-foster

A couple builds their family through fost-adoption.

Congratulations to David & Margaret staff member Sylvia Valenzuela recipient of the 2018 Sunair Children's Foundation La Rocca Award!

What happens when your child is a adopted, and adopted from foster care, without a clear history of their past? They have no photos, no memorabilia, and no family stories to share. They don’t have red hair like grandma Pat or a wiry frame like papa Joe. Often, we do not know about their past or even if they have bio siblings. They are our child, a very important part of our family tree, but they are an equally important part of another family tree - one we don’t know much about. It is complicated, and it is important to represent the whole of who they are. A single tree is not enough.

In recognition of November as National Adoption Awareness Month, the agency is pleased to announce that beginning January 2019, employees who are legally adoptive parents will henceforth receive an “adoption day” anniversary holiday, to celebrate with their family.

Meet Sergio Castaneda, counselor supervisor, Residential Program!

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services Receives $20,000 Grant from the CLA Foundation to benefit its Youth Workforce Training Program for youth aging out of foster care

A former youth in the Residential Program recounts the profound impact that David & Margaret had on her life.

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is pleased to partner with the Los Angeles County Library to host activities every Monday.

How can you get involved? If you want to join the fight against breast cancer, we have some ideas for how you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Thank you to each and every person who made the  11th annual “Growing Together” Gala a smashing success. 

The Gratitude Award honors a foster parent, donor, volunteer, or other supporter of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the agency and the youth and families served. This is the inaugural year of the Gratitude Award, and it could not go to a more deserving individual than Reginald Magee.

The Henry Kuns Award recognizes a youth aging out of foster care for their accomplishments on the path to independent living. This is the inaugural year of the Henry Kuns Award, and we are thrilled that Karina Barrios is the first recipient. 

David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is proud to have the support of Last Name Brewing who will be providing complimentary tastings of their fine craft beers at our Growing Together gala on Sat., Sept. 15. They.

Today  a few David & Margaret Staff, Board Members  and volunteers headed out to Whittier Narrows Park to participate in Supervisor Hilda Solis’ 3D Youth Jam. The three D’s stand for Determination, Dedication and Drive, and the event was geared towards resources for foster youth in our parks and in our community.

Joan Macy School has been back in session for less than a month, but they are already having fun, exploring the world, and learning. While the Joan Macy teachers are introducing new concepts and skills throughout the academic year, they also manage to make sure the students have fun along the way.

It is back to school time for Claremont Graduate University and Pomona College and David & Margaret is grateful to be included in their programs for new and returning students. Over the past week several colleges have asked their students to engage in the community and to experience the power of volunteering.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    253

  • Volunteer Hours

    661

  • Youth Internship Hours

    225

  • Housing Provided

    95

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