The Need in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has one of the largest child welfare systems in the country. Right now, there are over 32,000 kids in foster care in LA County. And each year, more than 1,000 kids exit this system, alone and without family or adult support.
Through no fault of their own, these kids (predominately African-American and Latinx) find themselves growing up in a system that – despite its best intentions – was never designed to be a permanent solution. As a result, these teens face tremendous challenges and disadvantages. Weekend Miracles changes the trajectory for these kids, giving them a chance to thrive with a loving, caring mentor or forever family who adopts them.
A unique way to adopt a child in California or become a lifelong mentor.
Our program in works! Since 2005, four out of five kids in Weekend Miracles have found adoptive families or a lifelong connection to a caring adult. Our proven model gives people and families, just like you, a chance to meet and get to know kids 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 who is looking to adopt a child. 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.
Regardless of the path you take, you can make an incredible impact on a kid’s life and change your own in the process.