Celebrating Love, Family, and Hope: Kidsave’s 25th Annual Gala in Los Angeles

By Milan Lay   |   June 18, 2024
The Barkey family attends Kidsave's 25th Anniversary Miracles Gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Their adopted son Sebastian, second from left, shared his emotional story with attendees.

This year marked a significant milestone for Kidsave as they celebrated their 25th Anniversary Miracles Gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The theme, “Celebrating 25 Years of Love and Family,” resonated deeply, as families who had met through Kidsave’s transformative programs gathered to commemorate their journeys and Kidsave’s impact over the years.

Randi Thompson, Kidsave’s Co-Founder and CEO, also delivered a moving speech expressing her passion for Kidsave’s mission and her hopes for the future. Her dedication and vision have been instrumental in shaping Kidsave into the impactful organization it is today, and her words resonated deeply with all who share her commitment to creating a world where every child has a loving family. “This has been a super emotional night for Kidsave,” said Randi. “It’s a journey of families formed, generational change, and futures rewritten.”

This year’s honoree was Sari Grant, a longtime Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) partner. Her unwavering support for Kidsave and ongoing advocacy for older kids in foster care made her the perfect choice for such a milestone honor. “At first, I was skeptical,” said Sari. “But, through witnessing the program, not only did I become a believer, but I also became a strong advocate for Kidsave, and they’ve truly won my heart.” Her dedication inspires all, showing the power of collaboration and community in making a difference.

As the night drew to a close, the energy shifted to the dance floor, where attendees let loose and celebrated amidst music and laughter. It was a fitting end to a night filled with love, gratitude, and the shared belief that every child deserves a loving family and a place to call home.



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I am the evidence of the generational change that adoption brings. Without the adoption of my mother and the path it put her on, I wouldn’t be here. Adoption not only changes the life of the child and the family at the center of it, but it also creates these beautiful ripples that flow from it, and my family is proof of that. And that’s why I am so proud to support organizations like Kidsave who are creating life-changing ripples as champions for older kids in foster care.
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Three out of four kids in Weekend Miracles have found adoptive families or a lifelong connection.

“Next year Kidsave will celebrate our 25th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, we are asking 25 local donors to give $1,000 or more. Each gift allows us to help even more children find forever families and get them the love and care they deserve,” says Randi Thompson, Kidsave CEO and co-founder.

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