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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 Emily, we look forward to seeing all the great things you accomplish in the future.

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.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    644

  • Volunteer Hours

    4,676

  • Youth Internship Hours

    1280

  • Housing Provided

    105

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