Kidsave helps older kids in foster care find families in the Lone Star State, and you can join us! Our Houston program is a partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service and Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults. We work together to give children in foster care the opportunity to spend weekends with families we call “hosts” who are their mentors and help them find adoptive families. We need more hosts and adoptive families like you!
The Need in Texas.
Despite considerable efforts, children are languishing in foster care with no hope in sight in Texas. Nearly 1,300 teens in foster care age out of the Texas foster care system each year without a stable adult in their lives. The issue is compounded as there are not enough foster homes and too many kids living in residential treatment centers. Because of the limited capacity for these kids, 4% or 1,200 are moved out of state.
The outlook for these kids is bleak. The impact of being in foster care, shuffled from one place to the next, causes learning disabilities and psychological problems. Most kids are behind educationally, making it difficult to graduate from high school and even harder to go to college.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Weekend Miracles is a proven approach for finding lifelong mentors and adoptive families for older kids in foster care in Texas.
Become a Host and Mentor through Weekend Miracles.
Weekend Miracles is a great program for families who may not be ready to foster or adopt but want to mentor as a host. You can get to know a child naturally before deciding on next steps.
Through our Meet the Kids Events, you get the chance to interact and spend time with these amazing kids at safe, fun, interactive events. Through our events, kids and families get to know each other at their own pace. Most importantly, it gives the kids a voice and a choice in who they want to get to know and who may ultimately become their forever family. They choose you too! Our program is carefully designed to cultivate natural connections that lead to hosting and adoption.
Hosts are people just like you. Our hosts are singles, married couples, same-sex couples, with or without children, ready to make a difference in an older kid’s life. Think of hosting as being more than a mentor; you’re a steady support and guide in a child’s life.
Hosts make a one-year commitment to regularly spend time with a child (at least twice a month) and be a champion for them, introducing them to friends, family, colleagues, and their local community in hopes of finding a forever family. Hosts celebrate the kids’ milestones, their success and help guide them through hard times. For many of our host families, the Weekend Miracles program is the ideal way to adopt a child as it helps build a relationship of connection gradually and more organically.