FAIRFIELD — Kidsave is seeking families willing to open their homes to a child without parents for one month this summer – with the idea of helping that child find a family.
The children are coming from orphanages and foster care in Latvia and Colombia.
Two local families, Mary and Ross Riesche of Vacaville and Frank and Debbie Hoeven of Benicia, adopted children from Russia after they hosted them as part of Kidsave.
Elizabeth Spier, coordinator for the Boulder Creek, Northern California program, said families don’t have to commit to adopt. Time is what these children need.
“Hosting is a way to dramatically change a child’s life,” she said in press materials. “If people don’t meet these kids, they won’t find families. But once someone gets to know one of these children, everything changes.”
Hosting a child for a summer vacation is one way to help children get permanent homes, Spier said. Host families provide an opportunity for orphaned youth to enjoy life with a family.
Program volunteers are also needed. Scholarship donations are welcome to support the children’s visits. For more information, visit www.kidsave.org/programs/orphan-hosting.
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