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David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

Public Headquartered in La Verne, CA

Since 1910, the David & Margaret Home has been a refuge for children in need. As social changes present new challenges, we refine our programs and services in order to meet our commitment to our clients and their families.

Advocating for our children is our top priority. Emphasis is placed on assessing what is best for each child, and new methods are developed, as needed. Our program philosophy is very clear: Every child is a unique individual who deserves to feel a sense of security and well-being. We tailor strategies to meet the requirements of each person. Our approach has led to recognition for innovation and leadership in the field of child therapy.


The David & Margaret Home is committed to empowering youth and families by sharing hope and direction through programs that support and enhance emotional, educational, physical, and spiritual development.

To achieve our mission, we strive to:

Offer programs of intervention and therapeutic assistance to abused, neglected, and behaviorally challenged children, youth and their families.

Become a resource for social change by responding to community issues and needs with innovative programming and public advocacy.

Provide opportunities and facilities for programs of learning, recreation, and treatment to enrich the community.

Share the mission of the David & Margaret Home with religious and community groups to promote support and encourage collaborations.


Residentially-Based Services

The Residential Program is the cornerstone of the David & Margaret Home. The program serves girls, ages 12 to 18, and features individual, group and family therapy, recreational activities, a spiritual life program, a mentor program and other services to help them heal. Most residents have histories of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Capacity is for up to 66 girls in six cottages on our campus and one group home in the community. An additional cottage provides Emergency Shelter for adolescent girls for up to 30 days, with the opportunity to transition to the comprehensive Residential Program.

Joan Macy School

The Joan Macy School (JMS) is a specialized, non-public school, grades 7 to 12, serving the educational needs of the adolescent girls in David & Margaret's Residential Treatment Program, as well as girls referred by nearby school districts.

Mental Health Program

For Medi-Cal eligible youth up to age 21 in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, mental health services are available in a home, school or office setting. Services may include individual and family therapy, psychological testing, medication evaluation and monitoring, and case management.

Foster Family Agency

Established in 1986, the David & Margaret Foster Family Agency serves girls and boys, from infants to 18 years, including girls from the Residential Program who are ready to transition to such an arrangement.

Learning Enhancement Center

The Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) is a David & Margaret program for the treatment of individuals with learning disabilities. Each person enrolled at the LEC undergoes a comprehensive assessment to identify learning difficulties. Locations in Pasadena and La Verne.

Wings of Discovery - Transitional Living Care Program

This program provides low-rent housing, life skills training and support services for male and female emancipated foster, probation and other at-risk youth, age 18-21.

Independent Living Skills Enhancement Program

The Independent Living Skills Enhancement Program (ILSEP) provides foster and probation youth of Los Angeles County with the vocational, social, educational and life skills necessary to obtain and maintain gainful employment.

Mentoring Program

A mentor is a positive role model who uses his/her wisdom and experience to help a younger person develop greater knowledge, self-esteem, coping skills, and social abilities. Mentors are needed for youth in the Claremont Unified School District and the specialized Joan Macy School at David & Margaret.

Internship Opportunities

A variety of internship opportunities are available. For information on Social Work internships, please contact Beverly Featherston, LCSW, at
(909) 593-0089. For undergraduate internships, please contact Renee Gomez at (909) 596-5921, ext. 3605.

Probation Services

Community-based services are provided for female youth referred by the Los Angeles County Probation Dept. to this program.

Community-Based Education

Community-Based Education Services for teenagers and parents include the Parent Project®, Alcohol & Drug Intervention/Anger Management (ADAM) and Bullying & Harassment Awareness.

School-Based Counseling

School-Based Counseling is available for students at Claremont High School, El Roble Intermediate School and Phoenix Academy (Community Day School).

Family Preservation

Family Preservation Services are support services provided to families referred by the Department of Children & Family Services in order to prevent the
potential break-up of the family.


David & Margaret’s Community-Based Education Services are designed to facilitate early intervention for teenagers and families struggling with various issues. Programs include:
  • The Parent Project®
  • Alcohol & Drug Intervention & Anger Management (ADAM) and Bullying & Harassment Awareness
These educational programs are currently offered in the cities of La Verne and Claremont, and at the David & Margaret campus on a Fee-For-Service basis.