The 26th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County studies four interdependent focus areas: Good Health, Economic Well-Being, Educational Achievement and Safe Homes and Communities. Each focus area includes the most recent data for indicators to assess improving or worsening trends over 10 years.
Orange County Children's Partnerships is a unified voice that champions health, education, safety and economic stability by advancing more responsive services that effectively meet the needs of children and families in Orange County communities.
The Orange County Children's Partnership (OCCP) is a 22-member advisory body made up of public and community agencies. It was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1982 to improve the condition of Orange County's children, address community needs, and ensure the greatest return on investment of government funds. Since August 1993, the OCCP has sponsored the Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.
The responsibilities of the Partnership include providing a forum for departments and agencies to disseminate and discuss operational and program problems and issues concerning the Juvenile Justice and Dependency systems and seriously emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed children; identifying gaps in the service system for high-risk children and their families; and recommending collaborative programs to better serve all Orange County’s children.
In 2017 and 2018, the Partnership focused on the implementation of Assembly Bill 403, the Continuum of Care Reform. The goal is to ensure Assembly Bill 403 is implemented in a timely fashion while meeting the needs of our most fragile and marginalized children.
Over the past year, the OCCP put structures in place to increase communication, transparency, and connectivity with the state for compliance with rules and regulations and timelines. The OCCP organized two subcommittees and one ad hoc committee which have achieved the following successes:
Group homes are beginning to transition to short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTPs) and obtain provisional licenses. Initial concern that some group homes would close given new requirements has been alleviated.
The Social Services Agency (SSA) has a closer working relationship with foster family agencies, relying on them to train and certify community members as resource families. This relationship allows SSA to focus on training and certifying kin care to become resource families. Improved referral processes have been established.
OCCP partners have begun to explore a secured facility for commercially sexually exploited children and youth with substance use disorders and other high needs to ensure they are safe and able to obtain needed treatment.
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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