It has been 30 years since Childhelp first started a residential program in Orange County, and while we have changed addresses as we grew, the Orange County program is stronger than ever. The three current homes in Costa Mesa are located within a mile of each other, and each can house up to six children or youth in need of 24-hour a day therapeutic supervision and intensive treatment, but who are still able to participate in community activities.
In 1979, through encouragement and hard work by Childhelp Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson (joined by legendary actress Sophia Loren), President Jimmy Carter designated the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Four years later, President Ronald Reagan formally established April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
With spring upon us, it’s time to shake off the winter rust, open up those windows, and get outside with your family. We know you’ve been waiting months for this opportunity, after being cooped up inside as snow piled against your windows and frigid temperatures made you contemplate quitting your job and staying in bed forever.
“Fostering is amazing. There are so many children in the United States that need parents. We are foster parents and Los Angeles and San Bernardino make up 10% of the US foster kids and orphans, so that’s why we got involved.”