Kidsave recruits interested hosts and introduces them to foster youth during structured and safe weekend events.
The program gives youth a voice and the choice, a true say in their futures.
At the end of each event - which are currently virtual -- children evaluate the prospective hosts and indicate who’d they like to get to know better. Having any choice is something new to most kids in foster care. Host families also appreciate this because they can volunteer to host without the lengthy review process that comes with traditional fostering. It also provides a great entryway for families interested in domestic adoption. In this way, relationships can blossom and lead to "permanency" for most of these youth.
Kidsave’s goal through Weekend Miracles is to help more older children in foster care find a permanent connection to a caring adult.
To do this we have trained or started other organizations to implement our model. Here’s where you can find kids in foster care benefitting from Kidsave’s Family Visit Model in the USA.
Colorado: CHOICE is a program of The Adoption Exchange, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services. Los Angeles: Kidsave’s flagship Weekend Miracles program is a partnership between Kidsave and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. North Carolina: Facilitated by the Congregation for Kids Network (CFK), North Carolina Weekend Miracles is a collaboration of the For Charlotte Mission Network and Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. Texas: Kidsave Texas staff was trained in 2019 to actively run Weekend Miracles and start helping older kids in foster care in Harris County (Houston) find families and build connections. Washington, DC: The DC Family and Youth Initiative (DCFYI) supports children in foster care in DC, providing them family and extended family connections.