In providing for the homeless in Orange County there is one special group that mustn’t be ignored, but tragically is--the hard-to-place children in county care.
We’re not talking about the cute, healthy Anglo infants that everyone wants. The problem is the youngsters that no one wants. The abused, battered and abandoned children, especially those under age 5; teen-agers; minority children, and boys and girls with special physical or emotional problems that need a special kind of love and caring that seems to be in such short supply.
They are all there at the County Social Services Agency awaiting adoption or placement in a foster-care home. They wait. And wait. The children have adequate food, clothing and shelter. But as fine as that care is, being raised in a public institution because no one else wants you makes you just about as homeless as a person can be.