Derly Beacom learned early on to be self-sufficient. “Growing up in an orphanage in Colombia, I knew I had to take care of myself. In the orphanage, we had a very strict schedule, we had 15 girls staying in the same room, we had to wake up, do chores, attend school, and go to sleep at very specific times.”
When Andrea first joined our Kidsave community, she wanted to make a difference by volunteering and providing care for LGBTQ+ kids growing up in foster care without a loving family. "I needed to give the support I wish I'd had growing up." Little did she know that this first step would set her on a path of changing lives, including her own.
When Vivian was 9 years old, her little brother was adopted without her. “They said I was too old,” she shares matter-of-factly. “One of the most heartbreaking things is to have your little brother taken away from you.”
Laura and Maria are both excited to celebrate their first blended Christmas together. Though, Laura has made sure to let Maria know that double celebrations “do not mean double the presents!” Laughing, Laura says, “I told her we can open half on Christmas Eve and half on Christmas Day.”
Brenda felt connected to Chayan as soon as he arrived from Colombia. “The moment that sticks out most to me is the second he got off the plane.” She remembers Chayan running up to her in a blur of yellow,“ he had these little yellow glasses and his yellow shirt, and he was the tiniest little thing with this big smile on his face, running up to me.”