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Host a Foster Child Through Weekend Miracles®
Our innovative Weekend Miracles program is a chance for older kids (ages 9-18) in Los Angeles to meet and get to know people who may end up being their forever family. Through fun Connection Events, kids have a voice and a choice in who they would like to know better. Our Weekend Miracles is currently one of the only hosting programs for kids in the U.S.
How it works.
Through fun and interactive monthly Connection Events, adults and kids spend time together before identifying who they would like to know better. It’s an innovative approach that lets both potential host families, and the kids each have a voice and choice in who they end up matching with, significantly increasing the odds of a lasting connection.
Once matched, host families spend weekends with the kids, getting to know them and supporting them as they navigate their lives. The goal for every child is to develop a lifelong, connected, caring relationship with at least one safe, stable adult. This results in long-term mentoring relationships, legal guardianship, and adoptions.
Hosts make a one-year commitment to regularly spend time with a child (at least two weekends a month) and be a champion for them, introducing them to their local community in hopes of finding a forever family. If the hosts are interested in adoption, Kidsave will become your champion and help you with the process of moving from host family to adoptive family.
Why it matters.
Right now, over 40,000 kids are living in foster care or group homes in Los Angeles county alone. Despite its best intentions, foster care is not a permanent solution. Kids in care often spend their lives being shuffled from one home to another causing gaps in their education, robbing them of a sense of security, and creating a sense of distrust in adults.
Kidsave’s Weekend Miracles program changes that by showing these kids there are adults who want to get to know them, want to spend time with them, and show up for them. With the support of a host family, our kids begin to thrive.
Without programs such as ours, these kids are often just left to age out of the system with the odds stacked against them. Without the love and support of family, many of these kids drop out of high school, end up homeless with a higher risk of addiction, mental illness, and imprisonment.
These kids deserve better. They deserve a first chance at happiness and the love, support, and encouragement that family brings.
How to get involved.
Take the first step at changing a life.
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