Orangewood Children’s Foundation is one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth. Each year we help more than 1,500 current and former foster youth in Orange County. Over our 30+ years of assisting these children we have learned what they need to make a successful transition from the foster care system to independent, self-sufficient adulthood. Consequently, our programs focus on five key areas: education, employment, housing, life skills and basic needs. Many of our programs cover two or more of these areas. Beyond our programs, for thousands in our community Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.”
Orangewood Children’s Foundation programs help current and former foster youth develop and achieve their educational goals, from high school to college to graduate school. We provide scholarships, workshops and one-on-one assistance.
Orangewood helps youth find employment and/or develop job-readiness skills.
The Foundation provides housing referrals and assistance, plus transitional housing through our Rising Tide program including Beverly’s House.
Several Orangewood programs help current and former foster youth learn essential life skills that children and teens from stable families often learn from their parents, either directly or through observation.
Despite the recovering economy, many of our youth struggle to become self-sufficient once they are released from foster care at age 18. Some are homeless or in unstable housing while others are under- or un-employed. Our on-site Orangewood Resource Center offers youth help with the basics such as non-perishable food, toiletry items, hot lunches and mail boxes, plus access to computers, and a washer and dryer.