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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.

» Click here to view the CTF flyer which includes general information about the three categories of CTF funding (higher education scholarships, emancipated foster youth grants, and dependent foster youth grants), along with funding amounts and eligibility requirements for each category

Funding Categories:
CTF Higher Education Scholarships, ages 18 to 25

Up to $3,000 per academic year (July 1st - June 30th) is offered to Orange County, CA foster youth for community college and vocational/trade school and up to $5,000 per year is offered for university. CTF Higher Education Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, school supplies, and living expenses. See the CTF Scholarship Guidelines & Instructions and CTF Scholarship Application for detailed information. Funding is not guaranteed and conditions may apply.

Message Alert to CTF Scholarship Students:
Attention 2013/2014 CTF Scholarship Applicants – Submit Your Applications: 
Students enrolling in the Fall term, please submit your new CTF Scholarship Application (located above) and all required documents listed under the appropriate student category on page 3 of the application.  A new application is due only once each academic year (July 1st - June 30th).  Application and supporting documents are due by the 30-Day Deadline (within 30 days after the 1st day of class).  For details see the CTF Scholarship Guidelines & Instructions (located above).

CTF Emancipated Foster Youth Grants, ages 18 to 21

Up to $500 per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th) 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. See the CTF Emancipated Foster Youth Guidelines & Instructions for detailed information. Funding is not guaranteed and conditions may apply.

CTF Gift Card Hotline:
The CTF Gift Card Hotline no longer exists.  Gift Cards are available for emancipated foster youth who are approved for an Emancipated Foster Youth Grant through the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF).  After your application is approved and you have attended an assessment with an OCF Program Staff Member, you will make all requests with your assigned OCF Program Staff Member who will approve your request and relay your information to the appropriate CTF Staff Member.  When you make a request with your assigned OCF Program Staff Member please be prepared to provide the information listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact the Program Assistant at (714) 619-0240.

  • First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Store for Gift Card Request (Target, Wal-Mart, Ralphs, Albertsons, Ross)
  • Amount of Gift Card ($50 per month for gift cards, determined by need)
  • Purpose of Request (For example: food, hygiene items, work clothes, etc.)
  • Indicate if you wish to pick up your cards at OCF or have it mailed to you
CTF Dependent Foster Youth Grants, ages 0 to 18

Up to $250 per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th) to support school expenses, work/training expenses, extracurricular activities (school/sports), camperships, bicycle for school/work transportation, some medical/dental/vision expenses, etc. For those who are prepared to get their CA Driver License, up to an additional $300 may be available for driving school. See the CTF Dependent Foster Youth Guidelines & Instructions for detailed information. Funding is not guaranteed and conditions may apply.

Contact Information for Children's Trust Fund

CTF applications and supporting documents may be sent to Orangewood Children's Foundation/Children's Trust Fund. For questions, please contact the Program Assistant.

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