Past blog posts for your reading pleasure.
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.
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.
On Saturday August 25, 2018 David & Margaret welcomed over a dozen Freshman from the University of La Verne. The students were participating in the University of La Verne Freshman La Verne Experience (FLEX).
Fine wines donated by Jerry D. Mead's New World International Wine Competition have long been a tradition at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services' annual gala dinner.
Rayann is 24 years old, lives in her own apartment, has her own car, and has more than 3 months of expenses in her savings account. She works two jobs to make sure it stays that way. Pretty impressive, but its even more impressive when you learn more about her.
The Growing Together Gala committee invites you to join us at 5:30p on September 15th, at the Glendora Country Club where we will be celebrating foster youth and foster families while raising critical funds for needed programs and services.
The drop-in center will offer many services for youth including healthy meals and snacks, youth activities and special events, support services, and linkages to housing resources, mental health services and the College & Career Program.
Claudia has been with Joan Macy School at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services for 13 years. “I love the staff and students, and honestly think you have to have a huge heart to work here, because you always want to help the girls,” she says. “It’s so gratifying.”
Joel at the age of twenty has been in foster care for over half of his life. He has lived in eight group homes and with three different foster families. But this is not who Joel is. Joel is college student, who is ready to embrace his future.
Summer Service Day was a huge success thanks to the many volunteers whose sweat equity is a critical part of the equation that makes a difference in the lives of the youth, young adults and families served at David & Margaret.
We are honored and humbled by what this amazing JMS graduate has accomplished, we are so pleased to share her success stories with you. Congratulations Eva we look forward to seeing all the great things you accomplish in the future.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne is pleased to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from Inland Empire United Way.
Joan Macy School and David & Margaret Youth and Family Services host a school banquet celebration after each completed school semester to recognize the students for their growth and achievements. The awards were most recently held on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at the David & Margaret dining hall.
Congratulations to Catherine Rowlee 2018 Joan Macy School Teacher of the Year. Thank you to the La Verne Chamber of Commerce for honoring our teachers.
David & Margaret Youth and Family Services is thrilled to be partnering with Raise A Child. Since May of 2018, David & Margaret’s Foster Family and Adoption Program has been partnering with RaiseAChild to do a one of the happiest things in the world - create families!
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.
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!)
Congratulations 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.