Not everyone can foster, but everyone can do something to help families involved in the Orange County foster care system. Below are tangible ways to impact children’s lives and support the families caring for them

County of Orange Social Services Agency Programs

Volunteer Orientation

Attend a Social Services’ volunteer orientation to learn about the many opportunities to show support for Orange County’s children in care, their families and resource parents.

Orangewood Children and
Family Center

SSA’s Orangewood Children and Family Center (OCFC), a 24-hour, emergency shelter facility, needs caring volunteers willing to create positive connections with children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Activities such as dance, art, music, fitness, gardening and cooking promote healthy relationships.

Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus provides gifts to children in foster care, children from disadvantaged families and at-risk youth.Volunteers and donations of new and unwrapped gifts for children ages 0 to 18 are always needed.

Families and Communities

Families and Communities Together (FaCT) is a network of 16 family resource centers throughout Orange County. For a list of locations and services, click here.

Hearts in Motion

Hearts in Motion is a collaborative of community partners dedicated to renewing hope and restoring families involved in the Orange County foster care system. SSA invites businesses, the faith community, schools, community groups, nonprofits and civic organizations to join this dynamic team.

Partner Agencies

Foster Care Auxiliary of
Orange County

The Foster Care Auxiliary of Orange County
is a proactive group of resource parents, social workers and community members dedicated to providing support and educational services to current resource parents.


Orangewood Foundation is a nonprofit serving current and former youth in care. The mission is to prepare youth to reach their greatest potential through independent living services and education.

The Priority Center

The Priority Center is a nonprofit serving at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent the generational cycle of abuse.

Court Appointed
Special Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a nonprofit 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.

Olive Crest
Kinship Support Services

Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving the family. Support services are available to relatives raising a relative’s child(ren).

Raise Foundation

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.

Teen Leadership

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. Click here for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Orange County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization that matches at-risk youth with caring individuals to build positive and healthy relationships.