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The Judy Welsh Foster Youth Transition Award


In loving memory of Judy Welsh, we are honored to establish The Judy Welsh Foster Youth Transition Award. This fund serves as a tribute to Judy's enduring legacy and her compassionate spirit, especially towards young adults transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood.

Judy Welsh's story is one of unwavering love and dedication. In 1987, she embraced a 17-year-old foster child, Gino Medeiros, who had endured years of trauma and abuse. Judy's commitment and unconditional love provided Gino with the support he needed to navigate the complexities of adulthood. As Gino recalls, "My mom understood that I needed more time to transition into adulthood. Her generosity and unconditional love were my guiding lights.  Without her, I have no doubt that I would have been a sad statistic"

Their bond grew stronger with time, and in a heartwarming culmination, Judy legally adopted Gino when he turned 50. This act, as Gino describes, provided him with a sense of closure and healing that he had not realized he still needed. Judy's battle with stage 4 metastatic ovarian cancer and her brief yet joyful marriage in her final days are testaments to her indomitable spirit.

To honor Judy's memory and her profound impact on foster youth, we invite you to support this noble cause:

Online Donations:  Please visit Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation website at


Be sure to specify your donation is for "The Judy Welsh Foster Youth Transition Award" in the comments section.

Donations by Check:

 Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation

 The Judy Welsh Foster Youth Transition Award

  PO Box 11671

  Santa Rosa, CA 95406

Checks should be made payable to Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation.  Please mention "Judy’s Fund" in the memo section of your check.

Your tax-deductible contributions will help carry forward Judy's legacy, offering essential support to young adults who are transitioning from foster care into their new phase of life.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Tony & Gino Medeiros

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