Kidsave and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) work together to find permanent homes for older children in the County foster care system. Their partnership program, Kidsave Los Angeles Weekend Miracles, provides children who have a plan for adoption with the opportunity to spend weekends with host families who help advocate for their adoption. The goal is to introduce children to families who might be interested in adopting them, and to find each child an adoptive family or a connected relationship with at least one adult. Despite considerable efforts, there are children in foster care for whom no adoptive family can be found, and as children get older they are harder to place. Of the over 500 LA County children currently waiting for adoptive homes, the majority are older African American and Latino children. Nationally and locally, African American children are over-represented in the foster care population. Children from the Latino community are now the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the County?s foster care system. The lack of a permanent home places a significant toll on children. Children in foster care are more likely to have delays in growth, learning disabilities, and psychological problems. Many do not graduate from high school, end up on welfare or become homeless. Kidsave?s Los Angeles Weekend Miracles program finds permanent families for older children, ages 9-17, in County foster care through weekend visits with host families, advocacy and outreach. The program provides a unique opportunity for caring adults to get to know children who need families. Through Weekend Miracles foster youth are placed with volunteer host families on weekends, so that potential families have the opportunity to get acquainted with the children. This contact allows for bonds to be created naturally ? without the pressure of having to commit to adopt before becoming acquainted. To date, Weekend Miracles has served 165 older foster youth in LA County; and nearly 75% of continuing participants now have a permanent family, or a connection to a caring adult. Based on the success of Weekend Miracles, LA County has changed how it recruits families for older children.
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We offer trainings and workshops regarding our program and how to become a host.