Saving Ukraine’s Vulnerable Children, Now and Into the Future

Since 2016, the U.S.-based nonprofit Kidsave has been in Ukraine working to find older kids living in orphanages and institutions, […more…]

Forever Families and Connections for Older Kids in Foster Care

Matt, a Los Angeles teenager living in foster care, was “mad, irritated,” and most of all “disappointed” when his social […more…]

Everyday Heroes in Ukraine Rescue 14,000 Children and Families with Support of Children’s Charity

Evacuees in Ukraine call Kidsave’s team there “Angels of Hope.” What started as a small, rag-tag group of civilians, orphan […more…]

Finding Foster Youth Forever Families

Inspired by their experiences adopting children and visiting Russian and Kazakhstani orphanages in the early 1990s, Randi Thompson and her […more…]


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Kidsave helps find forever families for older kids in foster care and orphanages so they can thrive in a home filled with love, support and encouragement.

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We joined thinking, ‘These kids are older, maybe they don’t need parents,’ but I was wrong; these kids need family, they need permanency, and we want to be there for them at all stages of their life.
Stacey and Mary
Kidsave Host Family

50 Opportunities to Keep Kids from Aging Out Alone

The road from Los Angeles to Crestline quickly takes you out of the throbbing metropolis, thousands of feet up, into a different world. One many of the foster youth who attend Camp Connect have never seen.

Over three days, 50 or more young people enjoy the outdoors and have group discussions where they explore the idea of being adopted.

For many older foster youth, the system’s plan is for them to “emancipate,” a strange euphemism for exiting the system alone, left to fend for themselves. Instead of freedom, one quarter will experience homelessness within two years.

Kidsave wants to send another 50 young people up the mountain again in 2023 at a cost of roughly $50,000. The L.A.-based nonprofit has secured $25,000 in matching funds, meaning your gift will be doubled.

When asked why a donor should step up, Kidsave CEO and President Randi Thompson says: “Here’s your chance to make a direct impact. Your gift will expose them to a new way of thinking, in the peace, tranquility, and safety of a camping trip. You can give these kids a weekend that will change their lives.”

Key Supporters

Ahmanson Foundation
California Foundation for
Stronger Communities
County of Los Angeles
Max and Karel Guefen Foundation
The Hicker Family
David and Janyce Hoyt Foundation
John Gogian Foundation
Leonard Green Foundation
M B Seretean Foundation Inc.
Max and Karel Guefen Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Venable Foundation, Inc.