The mission of Orange County Children and Family Services is to strengthen and stabilize families and to create an environment where children are free from abuse in permanent, nurturing homes.
Children and Family Services at a Glance
The Child Abuse Registry receives approximately 39,000 reports of suspected child abuse annually. Allegations may include physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse; caregiver incapacity; neglect; abandonment; and exploitation of children.
Adoption staff carefully evaluate and match families with children who need permanent homes when termination of parental rights occurs or at the time it is determined that reunification with the child's birth family is unlikely.
On April 1, 2009, there were 2,833 children in out-of-home care receiving family reunification or permanent placement services in Orange County. Of those children:
48% resided in homes with relatives or guardians.
30% resided in county-licensed foster homes or Foster Family Agency homes.
Foster and adoptive families are urgently needed to provide a safe and nurturing home for a variety of children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and children who may have language and/or special medical needs. Families able to care for sibling sets are in great demand.
Foster and adoptive parents can be single or married Orange County residents who own or rent a home or apartment and are self-supporting.