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Support for Foster Families

September 19, 1997

Several groups in Orange County support foster families, from offering free child care to new birthday gifts. These three serve all licensed foster homes:

* Advance Resources for Foster Kids, (714) 475-1322. Offers mentoring and tutoring opportunities; a monthly Saturday Fun Day that treats the children to one-on-one activities; plus picnics and other events throughout the year. Monday Night Respite is a Latino foster-parent support group.

* Orangewood Children's Foundation, (714) 636-4781. Programs include peer counseling; short-term child care; business mentors; and life-skills training. The foundation also offers funds for special needs such as camp, sports programs and counseling; and college scholarships and living expenses for former foster children. Maintains Orangewood Boutique, 2850 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar (714) 760-6640.

* Orange County Foster Care Auxiliary, (714) 778-3383. Provides foster children with new gifts on their birthdays and graduations. Operates a thrift store, 611 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim. (714) 778-1650.

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