County of Orange Social Services Agency Programs
OCSSA – Volunteer Orientation
Resource parents are needed throughout Orange County. However, if you are not ready to become a resource parent, there are many opportunities to get involved and show support for Orange County’s foster children, their families and out-of-home caregivers. Consider attending a Social Services’ volunteer orientation. For more information, visit http://ssa.ocgov.com/ssa_volunteer.
Orangewood Children & Family Center
County of Orange Social Services Agency’s Orangewood Children and Family Center (OCFC), a 24-hour, emergency shelter facility, needs caring volunteers willing to make a positive connection in the lives of children who’ve experienced abuse and/or neglect. Activities centering around forming healthy relationships include yoga, art, music, dance, fitness, gardening, cooking, and hair care to name a few. For more information or to make a donation, please call (714) 935-7584 or e-mail SSAComm@ssa.ocgov.com. To make an online donation, click here.
Heart Gallery Orange County
The Orange County Heart Gallery is dedicated to raising awareness about children in care waiting for adoption. Through the efforts of volunteers from all over the county, award-winning photographers take portraits that help capture the individuality and spirit of each child available and eligible to be adopted. These photographs are then shared through gallery exhibits and on the internet in the hope that potential families will be inspired to inquire about foster care and adoption. For more information, visit http://www.heartgalleryoc.org/.
Operation Santa Claus
The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children in foster care, group homes, and needy children in transition who are abused, neglected, physically or mentally challenged, or homeless in Orange County. Disadvantaged families and at-risk youth also benefit. For more information, call (714) 679-2438, e-mail OperationSantaClaus@ssa.ocgov.com or visit www.ssa.ocgov.com/volunteer/santa.
Families and Communities Together (FaCT)
Through public and private partnerships, FaCT strengthens our community by supporting a network of family resource centers and community agencies dedicated to promoting stronger family systems. For more information, call (714) 566-2878 or visit www.factoc.org.
Faith in Motion
Wonderful things happen when people with hearts of compassion act upon a call to make a difference in children’s lives. Security is renewed. Hearts are mended. Families are transformed. That is what Faith in Motion is all about. Faith-based organizations have the power to dramatically improve children and families’ lives in Orange County. We invite all faith-based organizations to join us in helping to support children and their families. Click here for more information on how you can help.
Foster Care Auxiliary of Orange County
The Foster Care Auxiliary of Orange County is a proactive group of foster parents, social workers and community members dedicated to working together to provide high quality care to dependent children, foster parent support, legislative advocacy, and continuing education. For more information, call (714) 778-3383 or visit www.fostercareaux.com.
Orangewood Foundation is a non-profit organization and one of the leading providers of services to current and former foster youth. Their mission is to prepare foster and community youth to reach their greatest potential. Annually, the foundation helps nearly 2,000 foster and community youth prepare for independent adulthood. For more information, call
(714) 619-0200 or visit www.orangewoodfoundation.org.
The Priority Center
The Priority Center is a non-profit organization directly serving at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse. One child at a time, one family at a time, the organization is creating stronger families and healthier communities. For more information, call (714) 543-4333 or visit www.theprioritycenter.org/.
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a non-profit organization serving the County’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through the recruitment, training and supervision of community volunteers who advocate for their best interests. For more information, call (714) 619-5155 or visit www.casaoc.org.
Olive Crest Kinship Support Services Program
Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family . . . “One Life at a Time.”® To enroll or refer a family member to Kinship Support Services, call Erika Thompson at
(714) 543-5437 ext. 1157 or visit www.olivecrest.org/orange-county/kinship/.
Raise Foundation is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of child abuse and neglect through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children. For more information, call (714) 884-3421 or visit www.theraisefoundation.org.
Teen Leadership Foundation
What would happen if every young adult that emancipated out of foster care had access to an immersive experience that equipped them with the life skills to become leaders in their community? Help this become a reality. Call Teen Leadership at (949) 899-8100 or visit www.teenleadershipfoundation.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County was founded in 1958 and is one of the top mentoring agencies in the country, serving more than 3,300 children each year. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed in life and reach their full potential. For more information, call (714) 544-7773 or visit www.ocbigs.org.