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Women of Excellence Luncheon 2016

    With a deep and compelling sense of purpose and passion, four hundred generous women gathered March 10, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills to honor boundlessly inspiring and devoted Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services supporters, Madeline Gussman and Nancy Epstein. Vista’s 4th Annual Women of Excellence Awards luncheon…

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Family Celebration

This past Sunday, the 20+ HaMercaz Partners joined together to hold their 2nd annual Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) Family Celebration on Vista Del Mar’s campus. Around 250 folks of ALL ages and ALL abilities played games, made art, read stories, did gymnastics, stroked dogs, goats, bunnies and a pig named Pumba, Israeli…

Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins in Concert to Benefit Vista

DECEMBER 5th, 2015 – Crowds filled the iconic Los Angeles nightclub, Avalon Hollywood. Guests were met with a gingerbread house on their table and a jar of candy on every seat. All were in attendance in support of the programs of Vista. ‘Celebrate Me Home’ was in full effect. The special guest emcee of the night,…

No Child Left Unplugged

For more than a century, Vista Del Mar has been here to help children and families in need. From our founding as an orphanage in 1908, we have continually evolved to serve the changing needs of our community by offering a range of exceptional programs in education, mental health, autism, adoption, residential care, prevention and…

The gift of a garden

Jewish Journal recently published an article about our new vegetable garden.

Four Support Strategies For Special-Needs Families

Children with special needs aren’t the only ones who need support. Using these tips to help keep the whole family healthy benefits the special-needs child as well.

10 Questions to Ask About Special Needs Program

Choosing a school or a class for a child with special needs can be an overwhelming task. Class sizes, student populations, therapy services and transportation are all factors. Parents will have to weigh teacher strategies and approaches, district priorities and policies regarding motivation and behaviors. Here are 10 questions to ask during your search for the right school or program:

7 Keys To Gift Giving For Special-Needs Families

Published: 11/29/2013 by Elaine Hall “What should I get for my nephew who has autism?” asks my girlfriend Katie.“What does he like to do?” I query.“My sister says that right now he just likes to play with Tupperware.”“Great! Get him that.” I remember one year, one of my son’s caretakers wrapped up two sets of…

TV Show Scandal and Vista

Does this Baby Make Me Look Straight? Emmy winning actor, Dan Bucatinsky, who plays James on Scandal gives a shout out to the adoption program at Vista Del Mar in his book Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Check out the bottom of page 110! Dan is also a TV writer; Emmy nominated producer…

California Adoption and Foster Care Agency Earns Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” Seal of Recognition for its Work with LGBT Families

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services’ Adoption & Foster Care Program earns seal for implementing fully inclusive policies in working with LGBT families Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services was awarded an All Children— All Families seal of recognition at the RaiseAChild.US Harvest Celebration at Mauro Café Fred Segal Melrose on October 1….