Brandon was in foster care for more than eight years. Although he grew to love his foster parents, he never felt truly comfortable living with strangers. Read his story to find out what he's up to today!Learn more
Foster youth need our help to make a successful transition to adulthood. For over 35 years, Orangewood resources, guidance and encouragement have helped them thrive and prosper.Learn more
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Alejandra became a Peer Mentor so she could help her fellow foster youth navigate the transition into adulthood. But she never guessed what an impact becoming a Peer Mentor would have on her.Learn More >
The Orangewood Foundation “My Orangewood” program is a great way to celebrate or mark an occasion and support our youth at the same time.Learn More >
Our auxiliaries, 44 Women for Children and PALS, provide the Foundation and the youth we serve with invaluable support.Learn More >
Samueli Academy is our free public charter high school for foster and community youth. Visit the website to learn more about what makes our school so great!Learn More >
I know there are many reasons my life is going so well. But I firmly believe that Orangewood Foundation is one of the key factors in my stability and success.
Orangewood to me is like a family. They are the real home I never had. My life before Orangewood was dark, and full of sadness. Now I have lightness, happiness, a supportive foundation, and most of all, hope.”
While at one point in my life I saw foster care as a nightmare, I now see that it was a turning point which positively altered my future. Without the generous support from Orangewood and the people involved in it, my life would have taken a different path."
“Samueli Academy shined a light on a future I never knew I could have. Thanks to Orangewood, I’m creating my own future now. I couldn’t be more proud to call Samueli Academy my school.”
Orangewood provided stability and security in my life. I am so grateful to have people to turn to when I need help, and to know that if I ask for help there is someone that will make every effort to make sure that I get it."
I came to Orangewood because I heard I could get a toothbrush and some food, but I kept coming back because it was the only place I knew I could get emotional support.”
Orangewood gave me stability, helped me get my life together, and helped me take baby steps towards trusting people again. The staff is made up of genuine, caring people, and the support I have received has meant the world to me.”