Residents at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services have a lot of fun during summer. We're always looking to add to their fun with donations of equipment and tickets, as well as volunteers with special recreational skills.
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.
I love representing David & Margaret in the community. On the agency’s behalf, I’m in the La Verne Chamber of Commerce (starting my sixth year on the board of directors and as an ambassador), the Claremont Chamber of Commerce (as an ambassador), the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce (we’re a new member there), and Claremont Sunrise Rotary (board of directors again!)
We are honored and humbled by what these two amazing JMS graduates have accomplished, we are so pleased to share their success stories with you. Congratulations Eva and Emily, we look forward to seeing all the great things you accomplish in the future.
It goes without saying, but to be clear: We are against families being torn apart. Families need access to resources and support services that will provide them the opportunity to be together and grow together. Whatever the reasons that lead a family to us, we are here to renew hope and help inspire within them a greater strength to accomplish what will lead them to a better future.
My takeaway from the research was that children raised by gay parents grew up to be as well-adjusted as their peers raised by heterosexual parents. If anything, growing up in a non-traditional family helped them develop empathy, a trait we place a high value on in adults. These findings put my mind at ease, freeing me to imagine a future as an out man that would someday become a father.
Ever wonder what the banners in front of David & Margaret's residential cottages mean? According to Beverly Kottkamp, Intervention Office Manager and a 27-year employee of David & Margaret, the emblems were chosen by the case manager for each house.
“I found out about David & Margaret years ago through a former board member,” says Darcy Coulter, “when the focus was mostly on young girls in foster care. My own two daughters are so fortunate, so I wanted to get involved.” Not only did she get involved, she has been one of the 108-year-old agency’s most outspoken advocates for the past seven years.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne is pleased to announce the newest additions to its 16-member Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience, vision, and passion to the 108-year-old social service agency.
In honor of Pride month we are happy to share one of our favorite web-series - The F word. The F word series reveals the story of one queer couple adopting from foster care. We hope you watch it and enjoy it as much as we did.
Congratulations to Joan Macy School Class of 2018!
Charles has been with David & Margaret since July 2017 as the manager of Dave & Maggie's Cafe.
If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to overcome loneliness in everyday life.
Adriana de la O just fine, is being named one of the honorees at Tri-City Mental Health’s TAY (transitional age youth) Community Agency and Staff Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, June 26.
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. Further, more than one in five youth aged 13 to 18 is likely to have experienced a mental disorder with severe impairment at some point.
How can you continue to honor and respect the service men and women dedicated to protecting this nation? Here are six ways to show your support this Memorial Day.
If you are willing, able, and have the resources to open your home, could qualify to become a foster parent (also called a resource parent). David & Margaret Youth and Family Services has a foster care and adoption agency, and we welcome all singles and couples, and we are an open and affirming agency.
Mentoring a child helps them to see unlimited possibilities for the future, learn something new and most importantly, realize that somebody cares about them.
In this day and age, who doesn't want to be a superhero, or have one as a best friend? David & Margaret Youth and Family Services staff got to live out their super fantasies on Wednesday, May 16, at the Annual Employee Picnic, held on the agency's grounds. Then they returned to their normal disguises as mild-mannered social workers, therapists, and others who help the children and families the agency serves. Up, up, and away!
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is spotlighting a few of our hard-working front-line mental health professionals. First up: meet Jackie Bustos, case manager.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental illness take many forms; for example, depression, bipolar disease, or addiction. Addiction has been garnering a lot of attention recently, and no wonder: A 2017 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that one in 10 Americans – about 24 million people – have an addiction issue.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services was well represented at the Inland Empire CicLAvia event on Sunday, April 22. Board members and staff, along with volunteers, turned out to cheer on the crowd, help with traffic control at our appointed intersection of Bonita and Wheeler Avenues, and get the word out about our agency! We had a great time - did you?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization, and David & Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne is no exception. Last year, 110 volunteers and mentors donated 3,400 hours of their energy, time and expertise to the agency, which is best known for its residential foster care program for adolescent girls.
Sandra Lopez (left) and May Coron, students at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles . The Mission of the Street Law Clinic at Joan Macy School is to help youth who are transitioning to adulthood and provide them with legal information and resources to ensure their success
Welcome to Vicky Camarella, Director, Youth Workforce Training Center
I enjoy working with the staff and our clients. I like to train them, be a role model for them. I like my customers, and receiving and processing donations. I believe in David & Margaret’s mission
The volunteers who participated in David & Margaret's Annual Spring Service Day on Wednesday, April 4, join a century-long tradition of supporting youth and families. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who served those in need while building connections in our community and hopefully making new friends along the way.
It's National Social Workers Month, so we're taking the opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing social workers and therapists we have at David & Margaret! Meet Rosio Mancera, clinical therapist!
In honor of National Social Workers Month, we're pleased to highlight another of our valuable social workers: David Hoxey, Foster Family Agency!
Employees are key to any capital campaign, and The Campaign for David & Margaret is no exception. Donors are more likely to favorably view a request for funding if they know that an organization's employees are supporting the campaign, too.
In honor of National Social Workers Month, we're taking a moment to introduce some of our wonderful social workers and therapists. This week, meet Karla Villalta, licensed marriage and family therapist, Mental Health Services!
The girls were placed at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. “What a relief!” says Terri, now an adult. “We had no protection from our foster moms, but here, there are so many staff. They helped me break my protective shell and learn to communicate. We felt safe and secure here. I tried to take advantage of every opportunity that David & Margaret offered.
At David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, we're fortunate to have some of the best social workers and therapists in the business. As part of National Social Workers Month, we'll be highlighting one each week during March. First up: meet Diandra!
David & Margaret Executive Director. Charles C. Rich, talks about Transitional Age Youth (TAY) and how we, together. can support them.
David & Margaret clients are not statistics, not sound bites, not test scores or assessment ratings. They are, first and foremost, people – each one with unique strengths and challenges.
Black History Month is a time to remember, celebrate and commemorate the achievements and contributions by African-American men and women throughout U.S. history.