Imagine that you are 7. You have no idea where your next meal is coming from, your bed is not guaranteed and the parents who are supposed to love you have instead fallen in love with alcohol or another addictive substance. Perhaps you have been abused, like many children in the county.
For you, attending even the Orange County Fair is a dream.
Thousands of children in Orange County don't imagine that terrible life. They are living it.
With luck, they are rescued, and with the help of several county agencies, public and private, they are eventually placed in a foster home. There, parents provide the stability that is essential to their development but which they have never known.
Some foster kids have emotional issues or physical challenges, yet Orange County's foster parents, the local heroes with hearts as big as mountains, take these children in unconditionally.