Despite the need to social distance these days, Kidsave is finding new ways to continue to give older foster youth in Los Angeles County a voice and a choice, and the chance to meet and build relationships that can lead to permanent connections with caring families and adults. We immediately moved our events to a virtual format, so that the Weekend Miracles kids still have the chance to connect with families who are interested in hosting and adoption in a fun and safe way.
Along with new promising connections, Kidsave is supporting and celebrating families who have already been matched. Recently, four of Kidsave’s Weekend Miracles kids were matched with host families, and six youth in our program will soon be adopted. We also celebrated a Kidsave family’s adoption virtually.
Julie was 17 years old and in danger of aging out of the foster care system without a family to guide, help, and love her. In 2018 she met and started to get to know Delaney and Kelly at a Kidsave Weekend Miracles event. All three of them loved these events, where they could get to know each other in leisurely, fun ways – like baking, bowling, hiking, or playing trivia. Slowly, at a pace just right for Julie, they were getting to know each other -- starting to feel what it might be like to be a family. Julie soon moved in, and they spent time getting to know each other better.
In May 2020, the courts were closed. Fortunately, Julie and her parents were able to officially finalize their adoption, virtually, with several family members, friends, supporters, and Kidsave staff all watching the beautiful moment unfold. “I’m an attorney. We don’t do anything virtually in my line of work. The fact that they were able to make this happen through the court system virtually was just huge for us,” said Delaney.
Congratulations to this amazing family!
Kidsave continues to hold virtual events to give more kids like Julie a chance at a forever family. You can get involved at Kidsave.org/weekend-miracles-program.
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