Kidsave's Weekend Miracles gives older foster youth the chance to get to know volunteer host families through weekends spent together. The goal is a lifelong, connected, caring relationship with at least one safe, stable adult for each youth (adoption, guardianship or lifelong friend). Monthly events introduce kids to people interested in getting to know them. Kidsave's weekend hosts make a one-year commitment to have the child in their homes at least two weekends a month.
Foster Care is NOT permanent care and is not what these kids need most, a family. Without families, and being shuffled from one foster home to another, the odds are significantly against them growing into productive citizens - and the loss to society is devastating. Many don't finish high school or end up homeless or in prison. Only because of their age, these kids have the lowest chance of being adopted.
Kidsave introduces them to potential adoptive families enabling families to meet kids who are otherwise hidden from view. For some foster care kids in the US, this can mean meeting the first people ever to engage with them without being paid. These new adults in their lives help them with school and engage them in the community. Best of all, the kids meet people who are interested in adopting and mentoring older kids - leading to permanent families and connections to caring adults.
Since the program began in late 2005, 293 older Los Angeles County foster youth have been referred to the Kidsave Weekend Miracle program and 77% of actively participating youth (227) have been matched for adoption, guardianship, or a lasting connection with a stable adult.