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  1. What does Orangewood Children’s Foundation do?
  2. Does Orangewood Children's Foundation run and/or own the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center)? What is the relationship between the Foundation and the Home/Center?
  3. How do I donate items? What kinds of items are needed?
  4. How can I volunteer?
  5. Detailed questions about the Home/Center (# children, length of stay, etc.)
  6. What percentage of donated money goes directly to the youth?
  7. What is emancipation?
  8. What happens to kids who leave the foster care system at the age of 18?
  9. Whom do I call to report suspected child abuse?
  10. Where can I get help if I am a child or young adult who is being abused, neglected or abandoned?
  11. Where can I find current child abuse statistics?
  12. How can I make a donation to Orangewood Children’s Foundation?
  13. Where can I find out about employment opportunities at the Foundation?
  14. Where can I find out about internship opportunities at the Foundation?
1. What does Orangewood Children’s Foundation do?
Orangewood Children's Foundation was founded in 1981 to raise money to build the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), the county's emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. Once the Home was built, the Foundation donated it to the County of Orange.

After raising money for a subsequent expansion of the Home, the Foundation turned its attention to the ongoing needs of these children while in foster care and as they transition out of the system into independent adulthood. Our programs offer hope, healing, education and assistance, and are ultimately designed to break the generational cycle of child abuse. For more information about us, click here.
2. Does Orangewood Children's Foundation run and/or own the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center)? What is the relationship between the Foundation and the Home/Center?
No, we do NOT own or run the Home. Orangewood Children's Foundation was established to raise money to build the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center). When completed in 1985, the Home was donated to the County of Orange. The Center is a county-owned, county-operated facility.

However, Orangewood Children's Foundation continues to provide financial assistance to the Centerfor children's activities and physical campus projects. Our Peer Mentors, former foster youth who have successfully transitioned into independent adulthood, serve as powerful role models and facilitate small group discussions each month with the teens at the Center. Additionally, our PALS auxiliary provides monthly speakers and field trips for the children there.
3. How do I donate items? What kinds of items are needed?
Throughout the year, many people ask what they can donate to Orangewood's Children. Whether placed at the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), or placed in foster care, group homes, or recently released from the system as 18-year-old adults, these youngsters can use your donated items.

Click here for more information about making a donation to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation including our current wish list. Feel free to contact Lupe Barrera, Manager of Gifts In Kind, at lbarrera@orangewoodfoundation.org or at (714) 619-0200 ext. 220 for more information.

Please note that new and gently used items are greatly appreciated and welcomed throughout the year. In November and December we prefer new items so that we can give them to the children as holiday presents.

For more information on donating to the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), click here.

Please note that the Foundation does not have pick-up service for donated items and items should be delivered directly to the Foundation.
4. How can I volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer with Orangewood Children's Foundation, including volunteering at a fundraising event, mentoring a youth, volunteering at an Independent Living Program event, or joining an auxiliary. Click Here for more details on how you can volunteer with the Foundation. You may also contact the Foundation’s Senior Development Director, Tracy Cooper, at tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org or at (714) 619-0200 ext. 226.

To volunteer with the children at Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), ages 2 days to 18 years, please call the Center directly at (714) 935-7584.
5. Detailed questions about the Home/Center (# children, length of stay, etc.)
The Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center) is an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in Orange County. It is owned and operated by the County of Orange. The children range in age from 2 days to 18 years. The Center can accommodate 216 children. The length of stay ranges from a few hours to several months, with an average length of stay of 14-18 days.

» Click Here for the latest Orangewood Children & Family Center fact sheet.

6. What percentage of donated money goes directly to the youth?
Orangewood Children's Foundation strives to keep our administrative and overhead costs as low as possible, while at the same time serving our youth in the manner and at the level they deserve. For every dollar donated, 90˘ goes to the programs that assist current and former foster youth in Orange County.

» Click Here for the latest financial highlights.
7. What is emancipation?
Emancipation is a term used to describe when a foster youth is released from the foster care system at age 18. At that time, the young adult is no longer under the jurisdiction of the foster care system and is responsible for his/her own housing, food, clothing and expenses. Without preparation and support from Orangewood Children's Foundation programs, these youth can face homelessness, incarceration, or unemployment.
8. What happens to kids who leave the foster care system at the age of 18?
Once young adults in the foster care system turn age 18 (or graduate from high school, whichever comes later), they are released from protective care. This is sometimes referred to as "emancipation" from or "aging-out" of the foster care system. Emancipated youth can face an uncertain future. Orangewood Children's Foundation actively works to help prepare them for emancipation through programs that focus on housing, employment, pursuit of a university, college or trade school education, daily living skills and relationships. Our goal is to help these young adults successfully navigate the transition and establish a self-sufficient, meaningful adult life.
9. Whom do I call to report suspected child abuse?
If you suspect that an Orange County child is being abused, neglected or abandoned, please call the Child Abuse Registry at (714) 940-1000. Help is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
10. Where can I get help if I am a child or young adult who is being abused, neglected or abandoned?
You should call the 24-hour California Youth Crisis Hotline at (800) 843-5200.
11. Where can I find current child abuse statistics?
» Click Here to download a recent stat sheet. (105k PDF)
12. How can I make a donation to Orangewood Children’s Foundation?
To make a donation online to the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, click here. Donations may also be sent directly to the Foundation at 1575 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92705, Attn:Development. Donations may also be made by telephone at (714) 619-0200 ext. 253.
13. Where can I find out about employment opportunities at the Foundation?
To view available job opportunities at the Foundation, click here.
14. Where can I find out about internship opportunities at the Foundation?
Please click here.
 

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