For Immediate Release
Dear Friends and Kidsave Families,
At Kidsave the health and safety of our kids, volunteers, families, and staff are paramount. Throughout this crisis, our Weekend Miracles and Summer Miracles Programs will continue efforts to find families for older children in foster and institutional care. Please see the following updates regarding our programs.
Our Weekend Miracles advocacy events are cancelled through April. DCFS has also requested that current hosts refrain from in-person visits with their youth and encourage hosts to stay in contact through phone, email, text, and video chat for the next few weeks.
We are continuing to recruit and train families. Orientations and trainings will be virtual until further notice.
Our Kidsave staff continues to reach out to our Kidsave kids to let them know we are thinking of them and that we will bring our community back together as soon as it is safely possible. We are in conversations with DCFS about the possibility of holding virtual events for participating children and families. We will update as we have more information.
Currently we are going forward with plans for our Summer Miracles program. We continue to work closely with our U.S. and Colombian partners to recruit and prepare hosts as well as identify children to travel.
However, due to social distancing requirements imposed by the Coronavirus, we anticipate potential delays in getting the children and families through the process of assessment and approval. Therefore, we have decided to delay the start of the program this summer by two weeks, to a mid-July arrival for our Summer Miracles children, exact dates TBD. For those of you still completing the steps to become a host, please continue to move forward as quickly as you can.
Please contact Lauren Reicher Gordon with any questions you might have.
LA Gala Update
Kidsave’s gala has been rescheduled form June 13 to October 30 at the Skirball Cultural Center. We look forward to seeing many of our friends and families there!
In the interim, we will be hosting a nationwide Miracles Auction, online. If you have something interesting and wonderful (vacation homes, unique experiences, signed memorabilia, popular techy items, etc.) please help us by donating now.
We look forward to bringing our Kidsave community together again as soon as possible. Until then, we ask that you advocate, share, post and spread the word about older kids who need families.
Please take good care of yourselves and loved ones. We will remain in close contact as updates become available.
Information Updated March 25, 2020
For questions, concerns or more information please contact our Communications Director Lauren Davis.