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June 27, 1985 | Shirish Date
"Here comes the parade," said William Steiner as child care workers Wednesday morning led 32 infants and toddlers into the just-finished Orangewood Children's Home. The 32 were the last children to move from the Albert Sitton Home next door, which is closing its doors after serving as Orange County's children's home for 26 years.
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May 20, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A counselor at the Orangewood home for abused and neglected children was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of molesting a girl under his charge. Abner Avila, 24, was taken into custody Saturday when he arrived at work, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. He was released on $100,000 bail Sunday. Terry Lynn Fisher, spokeswoman for the county Department of Social Services, said Avila was a group counselor at Orangewood Children's Home and had been placed on leave without pay. Avila underwent a "thorough" background check before he was hired about two years ago, she said.
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June 20, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Called unexpectedly to work late one evening, Michiko Kamiyama searched in vain for a baby-sitter for her 8-year-old daughter before grappling with a decision that bedevils countless working parents. In the end, she left the girl alone in the home. It turned out to be the wrong choice. Huntington Beach police took her daughter away that night, and Kamiyama, a widow who works as a singer and a waitress, was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse. She spent more than three months in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
A Placentia mother accused of leaving her two young children home alone for 19 days while courting a man in North Carolina was charged Wednesday with abandoning her kids while on a previous trip to London. Janet Hseuh Chen, 31, will be arraigned today on two new charges of child endangerment and neglect, as well as for the original two charges, according to prosecutors.
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July 3, 1991 | SHERRY ANGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 14-month-old girl lying on her back in the medical examining room had suffered multiple fractures in a sexual assault, and the adults around her were trying to determine the extent of her injuries. No one knew who had done this to her or exactly how it had happened, but Marianne Gillispie was thinking only about the best way to quickly establish a bond with the little girl so she wouldn't feel so alone. The child was crying softly, but her body was eerily still for one so young.
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December 18, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adam and Timmy were dumpster babies. Brett, by comparison, was a little better off. Unlike the others, dropped near trash bins while still bloody from birth, he was found outside a Mission Viejo hospital next to a bag of diapers, a $20 bill and a note reading: "Hi, my name is Brett. Please find me a good home." Now there is Noel, so dubbed by hospital nurses in honor of the Christmas season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A rock concert scheduled for today to benefit the Orangewood Children's Home has been canceled, organizers said Saturday. More than 2,000 tickets at $8 apiece were sold for the event, which was to have been held at Oak Canyon Ranch, near Irvine Lake, said an angry Tony Cardullo, who promoted the event for Fountain Valley-based Taurus Enterprises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the babies' bungalow at Orangewood Children's Home, cribs fill the open room that serves as one big nursery, sticking out from every nook unoccupied by strollers and boxes of diapers. In the bungalow for teen-age girls, twin beds are pressed against the walls of small rooms, and in some, mattresses lie on the floor for a third girl to sleep on. At Orangewood, the last refuge for the county's abused and neglected children, every bed, every crib, every pallet, cot and stroller is taken.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The County Board of Supervisors, responding to pleas from advocates for children, agreed to a compromise budget plan Tuesday that will delay the opening of three new government facilities but will allow the crowded Orangewood Children's Home to add more beds in April. The supervisors' decision comes several days after Orangewood leaders learned about a proposal to delay the opening of the home's expansion from January until July.
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March 27, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overcrowding at Juvenile Hall has reached an all-time high in recent months and is being blamed for an increase in violence among inmates and earlier releases for some offenders, county officials said Wednesday. Juvenile Hall was designed for 374 inmates but on Tuesday held 500, officials said. With summer vacation approaching and the weather warming, the Probation Department, which runs the facility in Orange, is bracing for even more inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2000 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A youth advocacy group on Wednesday announced it had settled a lawsuit against Orange County for allegedly holding abused and neglected children longer than legally allowed in overcrowded conditions at the Orangewood Children's Home. County officials said the lawsuit had served as an important wake-up call, and said they would make every effort possible to ensure children younger than 6 are cared for by suitable family members or in approved foster homes instead of Orangewood.
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May 12, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The county's home for abused and neglected children--so overcrowded three years ago that some wards had to sleep in the gym foyer--has seen a dramatic population drop because of new policies aimed at keeping children out of such institutions. The average number of children living at the Orangewood Children's Home was 110 last year, compared to 234 in 1998, according to data compiled by the Orange County Grand Jury. The average stay of a child at Orangewood declined from 30 days to 15 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
After a while, I quit keeping track of parents who wanted to bend my ear about conditions at the Orangewood Children's Home. The list had grown to a dozen or more and it's not that I lost interest or that I didn't believe their stories; it's just that it was impossible to verify them and the subject just became too depressing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal for a $39-million expansion of the county's emergency shelter for abused children should be scaled back because it is inconsistent with county, state and federal efforts to keep families together, according to an Orange County Grand Jury report. The county recommendation to add 280 beds at Orangewood Children's Home in Orange, which now has 236 beds, were made before a dramatic downturn in the shelter's population, the report stated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000 | KATHRYN BOLD
The event: A Moroccan Millennium Celebration, with camels and belly dancers, to benefit Orangewood Children's Foundation. The New Year's Eve gala took place in a tent at Fashion Island Newport Beach. It was staged by PALS, a group of young professionals who support the Orangewood Children's Home for abused and neglected kids.
NEWS
August 17, 1999
Hundreds of guests jammed the parking area near Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza on Saturday night to attend Countdown to 2000, a benefit for the Orangewood Children's Foundation. Orangewood Pals and their guests sipped cocktails, sampled lobster won ton and tuna tartare and boogied to the Grooveline and M-80s. When the clock struck 10, party-goers watched a Nordstrom fall fashion preview.
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March 31, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Both the county Juvenile Justice Commission and the grand jury are investigating reports that children have been verbally, mentally and physically mistreated at the Orangewood Children's Home, the county facility established to shelter abused and neglected children.
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June 17, 1991 | ANN CONWAY
When it arrived, it looked like any gala invitation--an elegant white envelope addressed in flowing, black script. But inside, it wasn't. Instead of shouting its message with Day-Glo and glitz, this one whispered, dared you to ponder the cause behind the celebration. This one, the invitation to the Orange Blossom Ball held on Saturday night, showed a tiny boy staring out of a window flooded with a rainbow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1999 | Lesley Wright, (714) 966-7824
County officials will join a host of contributors this morning to break ground on a $700,000 renovation of the Orangewood Children's Home. The shelter is the county's only emergency center for abused, abandoned or neglected children. Orangewood offers aid and shelter to some 3,000 children over the course of a year, frequently exceeding its 236-bed capacity. The renovation will not include the addition of more beds but will increase the living areas for teenagers who are there.
NEWS
December 18, 1998
More than 1,000 of Orange County's young professionals attended the PALS (Providing Assistance, Love and Support) Holiday Casino to benefit the Orangewood Children's home for abused, abandoned and neglected children.
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