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Two Moms Create Unique Way to Find Adoptive Families for Older Orphans and Foster Kids

When communications executive Randi Thompson embarked on a work trip in 1993 to Kazahkstan, she visited an orphanage for kids ages 7 to 15, and saw sights that continue to haunt her today.

“Kids wasting away,” Thompson tells PEOPLE. “I couldn’t go to sleep at night. I thought, ‘How was this possible?’ ”

Thompson, of California, and her business partner, Terry Baugh, of Washington, D.C., who was also traumatized by the horrid conditions of the Russian orphanage she visited when she adopted her first child, felt compelled to do something.

So they founded Kidsave in 1997, an organization that finds adoptive families for older orphans. [READ MORE…]

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