Foster Care

Walden Family Services offers foster care services in the following locations:
Northridge/San Fernando Valley Office
(serves Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties)
18860 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 365-3665

Riverside Office
(serves Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties)
3576 Arlington Avenue, Suite 106
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 788-5905

San Diego Office (also the Corporate office)
6150 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 584-5777

Walden provides foster care services for children who have been abused and neglected, have developmental disabilities and have special health care needs. Please explore the listing of programs on the right to learn more about the continuum of services that Walden provides for foster children.

The Process of Becoming a Walden Parent

Walden parents are required to provide for the safety and supervision of the foster children placed in their home. They are required to fill the role of teacher, role model, parent and professional team member. Walden parents are the most significant change agents in a child’s life. They often are the major determinants in a child’s success. Walden parents are expected to implement counseling strategies, treatment plans and work closely and in accordance with the treatment team.

Prospective parents can begin the certification process by completing and submitting the inquiry form on the website located under the "Become a Walden Parent" link in the navigation pane to the left or by calling a Walden office at (800) 354-2184 to speak with one of our Parent Recruiters. Once we learn of your interest in being a Walden parent, we will give you information about how to attend one of our Parent Orientations, which will give you the specifics of what is required to be a Walden parent. From there, you will attend 30 hours of pre-certification training which will help you better understand the children Walden serves, how to handle crisis situations, grief and loss our children experience and how to work with birth families.

During the pre-certification training you will participate in a home study, which is an opportunity for you to learn even more about becoming a Walden parent and is also an opportunity for us to learn about you and your family. Also during this time, a Parent Recruiter will come to your home and make sure it is in compliance with the regulations Walden has to follow in order to have a foster child placed in your home.

There are other requirements and paperwork that must be completed prior to certification, such as fingerprint clearances, employment verifications and income information. You will learn the specifics of other requirements during our Parent Orientation. A few frequently ask questions:

  • You can be single and be a Walden parent
  • We welcome diversity in our Walden parents
  • You do not need to own your own home
  • You do need to pass fingerprint clearances

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section to answer more questions about becoming a foster parent.