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May 25, 2017

Pinwheels For Prevention

Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur. “Pinwheel gardens” planted in communities across the nation are visual reminders that we all play a… read more

May 25, 2017

29th Annual Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Conference Addresses Key Issues

Keeping people up-to-date on the trends and treatments of child abuse and neglect is all part of the prevention model. On April 27th, on the University California at Irvine Campus, nearly 200 individuals heard from leading experts in the field at the 29th Annual Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Conference. The educational opportunity was hosted… read more

May 24, 2017

Orange County Takes Action During Child Abuse Prevention Month

In Orange County during 2016, ten children died as a result of abuse or neglect. There were 31,162 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect with 5,295 substantiated cases. Thus the reason it was so important on April 5th the Blue Ribbon Task Force led by The Raise Foundation held Orange County’s Blue Ribbon Month… read more

May 24, 2017

“Keep Me Safe, Healthy and Happy”

Eldon Baber, Executive Director – The Raise Foundation What better call to action for all of us as we reflect on National Child Abuse Awareness month? Each April, The Raise Foundation and our community partners work to spread the word throughout Orange County about preventing child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. Whether through our annual art… read more

May 24, 2017

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Steering Committee

Mike Ryan, Director, Orange County Social Services Agency In 2014, Senate Bill (SB) 855 established a state-funded county program to serve the needs of a specific subset of human trafficking victims: children.  This bill changed California’s Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300, subdivision (b)(2) and clarified that children who are victims of sex trafficking and… read more

May 24, 2017

Three Words More Powerful Than “I LOVE YOU”

By: Anthony C. Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS My father passed away recently… and it was profoundly sad to me that for the first few days after his death I could not shed a single tear. I am the son of a very strict immigrant father who regularly disciplined his children with the back of… read more

May 24, 2017

Family Resource Center Spotlight: Corbin FRC

The Corbin Family Resource Center (FRC) located in Santa Ana is a welcoming Center dedicated to providing all families with fundamental services to help them succeed. It is one of the 15 FRC’s located in Orange County in collaboration with other community organizations such as Human Options, Children’s Bureau, and The Raise Foundation who are… read more

December 14, 2016


There is something to it when the flight attendant aboard an airplane gives you the safety instruction: “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.” The idea of ensuring your own self-care to make you even more helpful for others, and healthier in your own life, is at the heart of the practice… read more

December 7, 2016

FRC Spotlight: South Orange County Family Resource Center

The South Orange County (SOC) Family Resource Center (FRC) in Lake Forest places a strong emphasis on supporting and strengthening families by educating them and making resources available to them. Their focus areas are Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, and the smaller surrounding areas. The FRC is very excited to provide these… read more

December 7, 2016

Preparing for Change: Orange County’s Child Welfare

Mike Ryan, Director, Orange County Social Services Agency As you may know, 2016 has been a year of significant change and transition for child welfare across California. In discussing change, it is always important to keep perspective, recognize where we are today, and how far we’ve come. Last year in Orange County, our Child Abuse… read more