Since this is the 20th Annual Report, a Twenty-year Retrospective is included with a review of the trends for a few indicators and a reflection on the policies, legislation, budgets, programming and collaborative efforts that have impacted these trends.
As with past reports, the indicators are presented in four sections - Good Health, Economic Well-Being, Educational Achievement and Safe Homes and Communities. The definition, findings and trends of each indicator are presented along with a discussion of why the indicator is important.
Orange County Children's Partnerships is a unified voice that champions health, education, safety and economic stability by advancing more responsive services that effectively meet the needs of children and families in Orange County communities.
The Orange County Children's Partnership (formerly the Children's Services Coordination Committee) is a 22-member advisory body, made up of public agencies and representative community agencies that was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1982 in order to address community needs and also benefit from the greatest return on investment of government funds, the Partnership collectively focuses their efforts to achieve common goals related to improving the conditions of Orange County's children. The responsibilities of the OCCP include sharing information on services for wards, dependents, and seriously emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed children, identifying gaps in the service system for high-risk children and their families, and recommending collaborative programs to better serve this population. Since August 1993, the OCCP has sponsored the Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.
Currently the unifying focus of the Partnership is to ensure that all children attain a high school diploma. The Partnership members have identified education as a strong indicator of economic success and positively correlates with job attainment, wage earning and civic responsibility. The lack of educational achievement can have a significant effect on the need for public services. The higher the rate of high school completion, the lower the rate of dependency on public assistance. Thus, the greater impact on community economic sustainability. Therefore, the OCCP has established a task force addressing the issue of high school completion.
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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