• Home for the Holidays?

    For many current and former foster youth, the holidays are not looked upon with joyful anticipation, but rather as a sad time of year that triggers traumatic memories of absence, loss, abandonment and abuse. A time of year that traditionally brings intact families together to shareGod’s blessings, kindness and love with one another may have little meaning to a foster youth who has not experienced the holidays this way, and instead senses a season filled with pain and hurt. Many youth wish simply for the season to pass quickly and their feelings of loss and sadness to diminish. Instead of dwelling on what might have been and longing for something more now, they would rather put it behind them and move on into the New Year.

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  • We Had a Wedding?!?

    She looked around the room in awe and said, “it’s perfect”. This past weekend we had the incredible privilege of hosting a wedding for two of our THRIVE participants. The bride grew up in the foster system, bouncing between multiple residential facilities never finding a place to call home or being a part of a […]

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  • Be like Catherine

    I so clearly remember the moment from 2008. I was sitting in a cubicle at a research facility and I was having a bad day. I had experienced another difficulty in our journey through infertility, I had just received a phone call where I was told the other candidate was offered my dream job, and […]

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  • So What? May is National Foster Care Month… and???

    With several nationally acknowledged days, weeks and months, proclaimed throughout the year, it would be easy to regard National Foster Care Month as just another period of earmarked time that comes and goes.  Why take notice of it to begin with? What’s so important to bring up? Does it simply serve as a marketing launch […]

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  • Bump and Crash

    One of the great joys of my job is to equip teachers and school administrators about the need to create safe and accessible classrooms and school settings for their most vulnerable students. I’ve been able to present workshops about how to build Trauma-Informed Classrooms for many local educators in the last 9 months and it […]

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  • Counting the Costs . . .

    “Counting the Costs . . . The ULTIMATE Return on Investment” Stepping out of adolescence into young adulthood brings about its own set of challenges, fears and frustrations, even for the most stable of youth coming from supportive, healthy and intact families. When youth are displaced from family and the effects of trauma experienced from abuse […]

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  • What’s Ahead for 2018

    Dear Family and Friends, God showed His faithfulness in 2017 as we joined His work in North Orange County. We are excited to expand and step out in faith for what He has ahead in 2018. Escrow has begun on a 4-unit apartment complex for our THRIVE aged-out foster youth women! California Lutheran Homes, a new partner […]

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  • Theres no place like home

    A year ago, we launched our THRIVE Home which has provided housing, mentorship, and support for 8 young men formerly from foster care. Click here to see a video from some of the THRIVE residents as we celebrate our one year anniversary! We are excited to announce that a donor has stepped up to purchase a […]

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  • 4 Reasons Why Foster Parents Quit

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  • With Hot Summer Approaching Service Champions Saves the Day!

    “Demonstrating their heart for the community, Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning recently extended its caring arm to OC United’s THRIVE home! They donated and installed a brand new heating and air conditioning system. After learning about the plight of our emancipated former foster youth to successfully launch into life as self sufficient, independent adults; they were […]

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