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Children’s Trust Fund Program

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) provides financial, educational, and emergency assistance to current and former foster youth from Orange County, California, with an emphasis on those who are pursuing higher education after emancipation (release from the dependency system at age 18).

Since its inception in 1986, millions of dollars have been distributed to thousands of local foster youth through Orangewood's Children's Trust Fund. The success of this program over the years is a result of the support of many generous community members who have donated the funds. The Orangewood Children's Trust Fund support is subject to availability of these donated funds each year.

»»If you are a current or former foster youth interested in applying for a CTF grant/scholarship, please visit our new Orangewood youth site at for more information.

Funding Categories

Higher Education Scholarships (ages 18-25): Up to $3,000 per academic year for community college and vocational/trade school and up to $5,000 per year for university. Higher Education Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, school supplies, and living expenses.

Emancipated Foster Youth Grants (ages 18-21): Up to $500 per fiscal year to assist with groceries, personal hygiene items, work/training expenses, bicycle for school/work transportation, rent, utilities, bus pass, some medical/dental/vision expenses, and other miscellaneous living expenses. For those who are prepared to get their CA Driver License, up to an additional $300 may be available for driving school.

Dependent Foster Youth Grants (ages 0-18): Up to $250 per fiscal year to support school expenses, work/training expenses, extracurricular activities (school/sports), camperships, bicycle for school/work transportation, some medical/dental/vision expenses, etc.

If you are interested in helping Orangewood support youth through programs like this one, you can make an online donation using your credit card. Or contact Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer, at or (714) 619-0201.

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