Orangewood Children’s Foundation

MSM’s food, toiletry and school supplies drive for Orangewood was a huge success! A huge thank you to each and every person for helping to improve the lives of foster kids in Orange County. Because of your generosity, we needed 2 SUVs to deliver all of our donations. When we arrived at Orangewood, they were thrilled!

Located in the city of Orange, California, the Home is Orange County’s only emergency shelter for neglected and sexually, physically or emotionally abused children. The Home provides refuge each year for about 3200 children who have been removed from their caretakers by police officers or child protective services workers and placed into protective custody.

The Home is comprised of hacienda-style cottages that house children and teens ranging in age from just days old to age 18. Currently the average stay is 22 days. The Home is equipped to hold over 200 children.

Along with the cottages, the Home has 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.

The Home 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.

Through an extraordinary public-private partnership, the Foundation raised the money to build the Home, donating 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.