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December 5th, 2012

This Week in Orange County 12-5-12

Orange County Executive Edward Diana

This week, my family and I shared the news that I am in need of a liver transplant due to a condition called Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease that has caused deterioration of my liver. I was overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support from friends, employees, and residents throughout Orange County and beyond.

I appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers. You, the people of our great County, are the reason Orange County is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Rest assured that I feel great, my prognosis is positive, and I look forward to serving the people of Orange County for many years to come. My doctors advised me that now while my overall health is good and my lifestyle is active, this is the best time to pursue surgery. I will do my best to keep you informed as news develops. In the meantime, please keep all those thoughts and prayers coming.

November was National Adoption Month. Throughout the month, child service agencies around the country dedicated themselves to raising awareness about adoption, educating communities about the challenges and myths around adopting children, and making the public, especially potential families, aware of the thousands of children in foster care who need good homes.

If you’re thinking about adopting a child, take time to educate yourself on common adoption myths and how to make the process a positive one for you. Manage your expectations by understanding that on average, it takes a year from the time you contact an adoption agency to the time a child is placed with you. Remember there are several steps in the adoption process, including: completing an adoption home study, getting approved, and being matched with a child.

For many, the first step toward adopting a child is providing a foster home. If you have room in your home and your heart for a child in need, consider becoming a foster parent.

Learn more at the Social Services portion of or call 877-297-3303. You can change a child’s life.

Speaking of making a difference in a child’s life, I am exceptionally proud that Orange County has been named one of America’s 100 Best Communities for young people for the third year in a row. This prestigious recognition is bestowed by America’s Promise Alliance, an organization established by General Colin Powell. America’s Promise Alliance selects communities that have an outstanding commitment to young people and have demonstrated success in reducing the high school drop-out rate.

It is a great accomplishment and honor to receive this award once - it is phenomenal to receive it three years in a row. Congratulations to Youth Bureau Director Carol Chichester and her team.

I had the opportunity to meet a number of Orange County youth at a 100 Best celebration last night and hear them speak about their experiences. Their stories were inspiring and we are indeed fortunate to be developing such outstanding community leaders for our future.

Until next week, I wish you good health and happiness.

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