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Thursday, December 15, 2005
HOME GROWN GIVING
Orangewood Children’s Home is Orange County's only emergency shelter for neglected and sexually, physically or emotionally abused children and is located in the City of Orange. Orangewood has an enormous need year round, but especially during the holiday season. To view the Wish List please CLICK ON:
Orangewood is equipped to hold over 200 children and each year provides refuge for about 2700 children who have been removed from their caretakers by police officers or child protective services workers and placed into protective custody.
Orangewood staff and its volunteers give the children, toddlers and teens a loving environment for periods ranging from a few days to several weeks or months while Juvenile Court decisions are made about their future and welfare. On completion of processing, the children are placed into foster care or in the care of relatives. The average stay is 17 days.
Orangewood includes living facilities called the Home, medical facilities, a branch of the Orange County Public Library system, and an on-site K through 12 school and preschool. The facilities also include a fully equipped gymnasium, softball field, basketball courts, game room, pool and toddler pool.
Through an extraordinary public-private partnership, the Orangewood Children’s Foundation raised the money to build the Home, and then donated it back to the County on its completion. Ongoing special projects funded by Orangewood Children's Foundation help to keep facilities in peak operating condition. The Foundation continues to support the Home and its young occupants, providing a wide range of programs, activities, equipment, supplies, and necessities for the children who reside there.
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