Elizabeth Schott of ACCION San Diego, center, accepts a grant check from Chula Vista Charitable Foundation board members Lisa Moctezuma, left, and Debbie Espe, right. Photo courtesy of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation

Elizabeth Schott of ACCION San Diego, center, accepts a grant check from Chula Vista Charitable Foundation board members Lisa Moctezuma, left, and Debbie Espe, right. Photo courtesy of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation

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The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation announced that at its annual fundraiser “Disco Ball 2018,” it raised $91,091 to help its animal sanctuary. The Retreat is home to 120-plus animals and it provided 1,471 subsidized field trips for underprivileged children in San Diego County. The funds will also help support its pre-school, nursery and scholarship program in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Visit childrensnatureretreat.org.

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Walden Family Services, a Southern California-based nonprofit foster care, adoption and transition-age youth housing agency, announced that it is among the first agencies licensed by California to implement Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) throughout Southern California. ISFC is a program model that allows foster children with complex medical, therapeutic or behavioral needs to remain in a home-based setting for care.

Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services said: “With California reforms in motion emphasizing home placements over group-home or institutional assignments, Walden’s role as an ISFC-approved agency will become more vital.”

Walden has worked with medically fragile children since 2001, placing high-need children in foster and adoptive homes as an alternative to institutional or hospital settings. Such placements allow children and youth to experience the normal familial bonds and one-on-one care that only a parent can give. Visit www.waldenfamily.org.  

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