For Immediate Release: June 23, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth DenBleyker, (714) 541-7734
COUNTY PLAN APPROVED TO ADDRESS COMMERCIALLY SEXUALLY EXPLOITED CHILD POPULATION
SANTA ANA, CA- On June 23, 2015, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a County Plan that will allow the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) to continue to further develop and provide collaborative services to address the needs of Orange County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Child (CSEC) population and access State funding in support of this program.
The plight of commercially sexually exploited children has gained national attention over recent years. The victims are in many ways like other children whom Orange County serves; however, they have unique needs that require coordination and support from varied systems including mental health, public health, law enforcement, juvenile court, community providers and probation. Responding to CSEC requires a multi-pronged response that includes prevention, intervention and after care. These coordinated efforts will maximize resources and put into place a comprehensive system that prevents youth from returning to the streets and ultimately promotes safety, permanency and well-being. Continue reading