While most families prepare for exciting summer vacations, many Orange County children are without their families. Fortunately, you can make the difference in a life of a child.

Orange County Department of Social Services and The Foster Care Network are urging county residents to discover how easy and rewarding it is to become a foster parent. Hundreds of at-risk children are in desperate need of foster families.

“The need for foster parents takes on new meaning in the summer months,” said Anne Caldwell of the Orange County Department of Social Services. “This is the time of year when families spend the most time together, making it particularly difficult on children without this critical, loving support system.”

While the need for foster homes that can care for children of all ages is great, Orange County Department of Social Services and The Foster Care Network are also seeking parents who can take care of sibling groups, teens and children with special needs.

“Truth is, we need families to consider becoming foster parents right now … today,” said Anne Caldwell. “We encourage everyone who may consider taking this important step to call us and get more information.”

This summer, prospective foster parents can begin the process to open their homes by calling The Foster Care Network toll-free at 1-877-297-3303. In addition to free training sessions, parents receive monthly financial reimbursement for the living expenses of each child in their care.