When you hear the words "global tragedy" you think what? An international group with a heavy presence in Los Angeles thinks "adoption." As we know not everyone can adopt, I want to tell you about their "Weekend Miracles." Think of it as being a mentor mom or dad with weekend roles. Who doesn't have a free, fun weekend? The concept, share it with a cool (older) kid!
"Weekend Miracles" brings older kids from foster care together for lifelong caring connections with adults. There are family visits and planned activities and outings. The success is in the numbers. More than 90% of the kids who continue to participate graduate from high school compared to 50%, the average from LA County foster care.
Kidsave considers the concept of children without parents to be "a global tragedy." The overall goal is to find adoptive families and the Weekend Miracle families are a source of support. For the past 16 years, Kidsave has worked with Washington to craft policies of protection. It has a strong international presence too working with orphanages in Russia and Colombia. Kidsave was founded by Terry Baugh and Randi Thompson. They were friends, business partners and adoptive parents.
While knowing of Kidsave for many years I emceed their 14th Annual Miracles Gala on Friday night. To my surprise, a number of kids from Wednesday's Child joined me on stage. While Fox 11 News and Wednesday's Child showcase children in foster care waiting to be adopted I rarely hear of their journey after our story airs.
Matthew stood on stage with a smile as bright as I'd remembered. While finding that adoptive family has yet to happen I was excited to learn Matthew had a host family through Kidsave. Kirsten did too. I watched as she went around the room placing neon halos on the heads of those who donated during the fundraising drive. Jacob was selected to tell his story to the audience. He talked of how his Weekend Miracles "mom" Jennifer was there as Jacob found an adoptive family. After his speech Jacob stepped off mic and returned with an armful of roses. They were for Jennifer!My Q&A with Jacob: