Foster Care

What if families & communities were equipped to bring healing to children in out-of-home placements?

OC United provides resources and support to caregivers, children, and young adults from the foster care system through programs for parents and caregivers (RESPITE) and aged-out foster youth (THRIVE).


OC United’s RESPITE program provides resources, education, and support for parents through respite and interventions for trauma-sensitive environments. Over 50% of foster parents stop fostering their first year. The challenges are unique and often overwhelming. To meet this need OC United created their RESPITE program (Resources, Education, and Support for Parents | Interventions for Trauma-Sensitive Environments). RESPITE provides support groups, parent trainings, date nights, wellness classes, and trauma trainings to foster, adoptive, and kinship families. We also provide trainings, tools, and classroom interventions to support trauma-sensitive classrooms and educational environments.

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OC United’s THRIVE (Transitional Homes Recognizing Independence Value and Empowerment) program seeks to equip young adults exiting the foster care system for self-sufficiency by providing: housing, life skills, financial literacy, access to employment opportunities, therapeutic/spiritual support, mentoring, and a community in which to belong. Our desire is to step into the gap and empower with these young adults as they launch into adulthood.

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