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Following the announcement of David & Margaret's merger with Haynes Family of Programs in November 2021, both organizations have continued to adapt and thrive, providing the best care possible to the community's most vulnerable children, youth, and families. In this edition of our newsletter, we highlight the successes of each program and celebrate coming together to serve more youth in more ways than ever!

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) affects every community, but youth in foster care are particularly vulnerable. Learn more about how the programs at David & Margaret provide support, training, and healing to youth and families impacted by CSEC.

For many, the holidays are a time for family to spend time together, partake in traditions, and practice being grateful. For youth in foster care, the holidays can be scary, lonely, and a reminder of the challenges they are facing. While it may not be easy, here are 4 tips for supporting youth in foster care during the holiday season:

To celebrate Foster Care Awareness Month we are highlighting stories shared by Foster Parents with the FFA! This week Elisha shares her insights and advice to those considering foster care.

John and Vicki Hoffner have been making a difference as foster parents with David & Margaret for a little over a year. They accepted their first placement of two school-aged boys in January of 2020 after completing their certification process with the Foster Family and Adoption Agency!

It's opening day for Major League Baseball and spring is in the air! Did you know MLB also has some strong connections to foster care and adoption?

The social workers at David & Margaret are trained in the process of completing home studies and are there to be as supportive and helpful as you need. It can be a daunting experience to have some much of your life looked in to, but they are there to address any issues and to support you in your goal of adopting. Because they have completed so many home studies they bring many ideas and suggestions and know how you are feeling. They will be with you throughout the process and make sure all your questions are answered. The home study will help determine what type of placement will be most appropriate for you.

David, Scott, Christopher and Matthew make up a wonderful family brought together in an extraordinary way!

In honor of Pride Month and Father's Day we have asked Peter Gandolfo, an executive coach with www.GandolfoGroup.com and a father of two, to share his path to parenthood and how interconnected that path was to his coming out as a gay man.

David & Margaret is dedicated to providing support to children, youth and families involved in foster care. In recognition of Foster Care Awareness Month we are pleased to announce progressive steps to further support team members involved in the foster care system.

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.

Hop Skip Drive, helping youth in foster care and families across the nation.

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!

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

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...

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.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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